Today I begin searching for the company that will help me give birth to my career. My introduction to the world of Public Relations was by none other than Karen Bergh, Director of Strategic Marketing at California Baptist University (my alma mater). After having worked for Karen Bergh in the Marketing and Communication Division at CBU, I was able to see and experience firsthand, what PR was. Everything from coordinating events, meeting with professional graphic design artists to devise marketing campaigns for several projects, right down to running an interview with four of my bloggers and a writer from the Press Enterprise. Aside from that there was a ton of marketing research, writing, and so many other things that I won't bore you with (I'm trying to learn to write 'short and sweet').
My eleven month stint inside of that division was what solidified my decision to pursue Public Relations as a career. I can honestly say that I am in love with every aspect of PR, even right down to the stress factor. My senior year I took 21 units (both semesters) and worked 30 hrs a week plus volunteered for different service projects, not to mention I had (and still have) a girlfriend which we all know can be time consuming as well. lol. I actually work very well during periods of high stress but I don't need high stress levels to perform well. Why am I telling you this? Simply because I am READY!!! I am ready to take it to the next level and now I am just waiting for the opportunity. I almost wish there were PR competitions, or like a PR open draft, straight out of college. lol.
In all honesty, I am very confident in my skills, overall talent, and work ethic. I just need the chance to be able to shine and show the world what George Navarro can do. I recently applied to Ruder Finn for an internship position and have not received a call back yet. This was for an INTERNSHIP POSITION!!! Argh!!! Are you kidding me? Exactly one week fresh out of college, I refused a $40k a year marketing position because they didn't want me to pursue my Masters in Strategic PR at USC. They said I would have no time to focus on work and studies, in the words of their HR, I would "fail in one or the other, if not both." Yet, here I am begging to work for one of these companies... FOR FREE. It is stressful, I can't lie but ultimately EVERYONE has to pay their dues. So here I am ready and willing to pay my dues.
(And if you're wondering why I'm barely looking for a job at the end of the summer, it is because I was working with a car dealer in the South Bay for the first two and a half months of the summer and just recently retired from the car industry. Why? Well , simply because 60 hr work weeks don't exactly allow for job interviews. So in order to fully begin this job search and attend job interviews at the availability of the potential employer, I had to say goodbye to the lovely people at South Bay Pre-Owned. )
So, I will be logging in as often as I can to update you on how it's going. Once I'm there, then this blog will turn into a "Oh How I Love My Job" blog. I hope. :)
Thanks for reading,