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I currently switched my major from Dietetics to Public Relations/Business Administration (minor), I would like to receive some insight on how well the PR career has been for you and if it's a rewarding career - soul fulfilling and money wise?

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I recently changed my major to Public Relations and I would like to know more about the career and people who are working in that field. #public-relations #journalism #business-administration #college-major #relationship-management #communications

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Stacy’s Answer

Updated Syosset, New York

Hi Yanet. I worked in PR for many years at a number of different firms, representing a broad array of clients, before moving to a role in Internal Communications. As with any job, you'll find success with a lot of hard work and determination, and in the case of PR, some thick skin as it comes with a decent amount of rejection (from media pitches to strategy ideas) and it won't make you a millionaire. That said, a career in PR can be extremely rewarding and exciting. As for where you work, you should always look for a firm that aligns with your values to ensure you agree with their approach to their people, their customers and their business.

Barb’s Answer

Updated Chicago, Illinois
Hi Yanet, Pay in PR is determined by what, how and where you practice it. I have been fairly happy with my compensation, As to fulfullment, that is a little trickier. Sometimes you have to find the opportunities in your work that provide food for the soul. Working with charities, making a difference in the community, etc., may not be part of what your company/firm does. If not, you may have to stretch a little further to find that joy, but you can do it. We are all in charge of our careers and what we get from them. The rewards we reap are limited only by our motivation to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Good luck -- do something fantastic! Barb

Karen’s Answer

Updated Tampa, Florida

I was a journalist throughout my career up until five years ago. I frequently said I would never go into PR unless it was to work for a company that I truly believed in. And I stuck with that promise. I have worked as a PR manager for the last 4+ years and really love the work I'm doing and the company that I represent. I enjoy working in the technology, entertainment and communications industry. And I'm proud to work for a company that supports local communities, promotes volunteerism and is committed to equality and diversity.

So, I would say that a career in PR can be extremely rewarding if you pursue work with a company that aligns with your values and interests. Salaries can vary depending on the company, of course, so best to do some research on that.

Karen recommends the following next steps:

  • Explore companies that align with your interests
  • Reach out to PR professionals in industries that interest you and try to set up informal interview sessions to help you learn more about the role/company.
  • Try to get an internship in a company that interests you.

Rick’s Answer

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Simple answer is that it's a job like any other job. Now that I've shown my cynical side let me tell you that you will get out sanctification is you do something you like. I've found satisfaction working with the most unusual PR jobs. The ones I never thought I would. The ones I thought I would love have been the ones I've been burned out on. I've also found satisfaction in that. Lastly I would say don't change the almighty dollar. It's better to make $10 happy than $20 miserable.

Amanda’s Answer

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Hi Yanet, I have to say that it would very much depend on what area of business you were working. I personally love what I do and while it isn't hugely well paid, I have a lot of satisfaction in what I do day to day. The people I work with really believe in what we do (education) and while we could probably make more in other businesses, most of us stay because of our commitment of our core goals.