01 MY CAREER
I AM CURRENTLY HAVE A 10-HOUR OSHA TRAINING CERTIFICATION. I WORKED FOR A YEAR AND A HALF AT THE CARROLL COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND KENTUCKY I-71 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE. I CURRENTLY WORK IN RETAIL AT THE VF OUTLET TO GET EXPERIENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE. I HAVE WORKED AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR FOR MULTIPLE COMPANIES, ONE OF THESE BEING FRIENDS FOR MICHAEL, INC. I REHAULED THEIR WEBSITE TO CREATE AN EASY-TO-NAVIGATE SYSTEM WITH PLEASING VISUALS.
02 CareeR PLAN
I WILL BECOME A PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST, AND HAVE HOPES TO EITHER MOVE TO MARYLAND NEAR WASHINGTON D.C. OR WORK ABROAD AFTER COLLEGE. BELOW I HAVE LIVING WAGE DATA FOR MARYLAND AND WORKFORCE DATA WITHIN PUBLIC RELATIONS. I ALSO HOPE TO START MY OWN BUSINESS EVENTUALLY, WHICH WILL BRING ADDED INCOME.
I have many natural traits and learned skills that are my strengths. I have great communication skills, especially in oral presentations. I'm a mediator so I'm a natural negotiator. I also have many base skills such as; Organization, ability to work under pressure, confidence in my abilities and work, systematic problem-solving, technology skills, and a strong work ethic and initiative.
There are many available opportunities to further my career path, such as; double majoring in college, internships, part-time jobs for real experience, networking, receiving clients through personal and business relationships, freelance working to build clientele, recommendations by customers, and constantly consuming media and advice from those with more experience than I have.
While I do have my own set of weaknesses, they are issues that I work on every day in order to improve myself for the future. Some of these weaknesses are; perfectionism, impatience, the need to have control, stubbornness, emotional detachment at times, and my focus on self-image through media.
There are many threats within the field of Public Relations; constantly changing media and networks, updating technology, narrow job market, and my young age often equates to lack of experience to many people.
04 JOB SHADOWING
Ashley is a Social Media influencer with a focus on fashion. Her entire career is based on branding herself online through fashion and clothes- which is a form of art and design. She helps me see the creative aspect of my future career in a new light and I have been learning from her for years.
NYC MEDIA & ARTS STUDENT
Jasmine is a Media & Arts student at NYC who creates videos on Youtube to show her art and daily life. As one of my majors will be in graphic art, it is great to learn fine art from those who are experienced in it. She also gives me insight into how life is in college as an art student.
Brian Phillips is the Founder, President, and CCO of Black Frame PR, a communications company based in New York. He studied urban studies and architecture at Columbia University, during which time he began his career at Visionaire magazine. He has since built his PR company.
Suanny Garcia is a PR specialist who works for a boutique that has a focus on hospitality and travel relations for clients. She has an organized day-to-day schedule and works on all parts of a showcase or project for a client. Her video certainly gave me insight on the 9-5 aspect of PR.