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12-04-2009
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i'm also one of those who are planning to work in the the pr (fashion preferably) in the future. this is not too new for me, for one year i have worked in one really small pr company and now its more than a half year i'm working with one big project partly as a journalist/partly as a pr.
what can I say, is that this job is extremely interesting and I love the power that it gives you to manipulate people's minds, change and create their opinions. But it's so difficult, not only because you have to become best friends with everyone and that is so fake. Journalists understand that there is no huge love between them and pr specialists. What is also really difficult to me - that you can not control everything, huge part of your work, of your success doesn't even depend on you, it depends on other people, on their good will. That's what I find most difficult. But still I'm not quitting my future career plans and if I will not become the next carine roitfeld (my dream ) my plan B will be fulfilled - and that is pr.
i live in lithuania, so that is a really small country and for that reason i'm searching now for possibilities to go to ny or paris (my second choise) to work/ study their in this field. if anyone could help me with that I would be extremely gratefull.
but what i think about pr - that it is really very good to have a journalist job practise, to work in nespapers/magazines for some time and then turn to pr - cause that's probably the best they to get to know the people from which you will depend every day in your further job.

boy, i've said much.. )


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I got a job as a Communications Director of a luxury fashion mag straight out of college- at first it was REALLY scary because I was basically handling everything with no training (I majored in Geography) but it's almost better to dive right in and take a really hard job. You learn everything WAY faster. It's 2 years later and I now work on all our promos, Web stuff, I do all our Style & Social writing.

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i think its hard to say, i interned in luxury PR for a top fashion house. was very fast paced, and yes there are perks like freebies. its not as easy and simple as The City or The Hills portrays. it certainly isn't part time. its a full time job, and it can be glamourous. but there are alot of down sides.
if your at the bottom you won't enjoy it for a while, but when you get into it you'll be fine.

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^^ Couldn't agree more!

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Hello all, I hope i am not way off topic, im still trying to learn this site but I was wondering what courses does one need to take to get into a career in public relations (not in fashion but more on the lines of working with celebrities). Would a Major in Communications be a good choice? or do i specifically need to have a major in public relations? for those in the industry, i would love to have your input as well.

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02-06-2009
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...PR is for the birds. I dabble in PR at my job and while it comes easy to me, it's hard pretending to like everyone besides I do not get paid enough to sacrifice my self respect.
Just read this guys opinion and i couldn't agree more. I find people that work in PR are incredibly fake

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I'd be careful here ... we have lot's of PR people who are members here and they pop in. Some of them might take you to task, about these types of comments.

Although some publicists may be "fake" in thier own right, I think that it's more the work they do that might create that feeling. Publicists have to be "on" all the time, espcially at events. They must cater to their clients, make everything smooth, make sure that everyone loves their client/product/company and smile while they are doing it ... whether or not things are going well. or whether or not they are happy about it. So, yeah ... that can certainly strain one's nerves and perhaps be hard to hide. So a person might seem to be fake ... when they are just trying to do their job under very difficult circumstances.

But that happens in most types of work ... you must pretend that you like your work your boss, your customers, your coworkers ... or you will be accused of having a bad attitude or not treating your customers well, or being a bod influence on the other employees. It's not just in PR. It's working in the real world .... where they expect you to show a positive attitude ... no matter what.

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Does anyone know anything about "BerkeleyPR" company here? Their PR specific, daily tasks, their clients?

And any info about the "purple cow"? what does that mean?

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I'd be careful here ... we have lot's of PR people who are members here and they pop in. Some of them might take you to task, about these types of comments.

Although some publicists may be "fake" in thier own right, I think that it's more the work they do that might create that feeling. Publicists have to be "on" all the time, espcially at events. They must cater to their clients, make everything smooth, make sure that everyone loves their client/product/company and smile while they are doing it ... whether or not things are going well. or whether or not they are happy about it. So, yeah ... that can certainly strain one's nerves and perhaps be hard to hide. So a person might seem to be fake ... when they are just trying to do their job under very difficult circumstances.

But that happens in most types of work ... you must pretend that you like your work your boss, your customers, your coworkers ... or you will be accused of having a bad attitude or not treating your customers well, or being a bod influence on the other employees. It's not just in PR. It's working in the real world .... where they expect you to show a positive attitude ... no matter what.
Basically said everything I wanted to say as someone who works in PR, thanks BetteT!

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See ... I knew it ... we have lots of publicists here!

You are welcome .... we have to be kind to each other and understand the pressures. It's a tough world out there.

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I got a job as a Communications Director of a luxury fashion mag straight out of college- at first it was REALLY scary because I was basically handling everything with no training (I majored in Geography) but it's almost better to dive right in and take a really hard job. You learn everything WAY faster. It's 2 years later and I now work on all our promos, Web stuff, I do all our Style & Social writing.

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How did you get this job right out of college?!?! I just graduated college in fashion merchandising and it is soo hard to find something right now??!!

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It was kind of a fluke, but times were good (2006), there was an opening and I had a connection. I was told I didn't have enough experience, but I talked my way into an interview and planned a huge PR plan for our meeting. My interview was 10 hours long- I had to spend a whole day with the Pres of the company and prove I could shmooze/network.

I think it was the perfect storm- good timing, a good connection and a really good interview. I did start off with a fairly low salary, however.

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It was kind of a fluke, but times were good (2006), there was an opening and I had a connection. I was told I didn't have enough experience, but I talked my way into an interview and planned a huge PR plan for our meeting. My interview was 10 hours long- I had to spend a whole day with the Pres of the company and prove I could shmooze/network.

I think it was the perfect storm- good timing, a good connection and a really good interview. I did start off with a fairly low salary, however.
Wow, that really sounds impressive.

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is it easy to get in PR if you're doing a degree in fashion journalism? my course is taught alongside a promotion (pr + broadcast) one so i've seen presentations etc but haven't necessarily been taught anything about PR, i'm just going to try to get some work experience. would it be difficult?

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Hi all, I need advice! I've got an interview to do a PR internship at Browns department store & was wondering what things should I take for the interview & whats the best way to prepare for it. Thank you!

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