Public Relations Tactics

Starting Out: How Bagging Groceries Can Help You Land Your First PR Job

October 2, 2017

[kunai mehta]
[kunai mehta]

For many PR majors, career anxiety strikes the moment the announcer calls their name at graduation. Will they be able to get a job in the profession? Do they know the right people? Should they have developed a stronger connection with their professors?

However, in narrowing their scope to only a job within their profession, budding PR professionals forget an important idea: Any job at all can be productive for someone’s career.

A colleague recently told me that her first job was trimming the grass around the tombstones in a local cemetery, saying “It was a job and I needed a job.” I thought she was underplaying the importance of her work.

When I was her age, I had two jobs. One of them was in a Winn-Dixie grocery store, where I was responsible for the paper aisle (tissues, napkins and paper towels), and another was in a factory, where I made those thin metal strips that hold drop ceilings in place. These jobs had nothing to do with my eventual career. But, they helped me pay my student loans. My grocery store position even helped fund my first year in college.

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