Originally Posted by fossil8412
Curious, for those of you who are young and have established yourself pretty well, how did you get your first job? Application? Referral? Connection-- i.e. friend in the company, daddy dollar's business, etc.? Did that lead you down your career path, or did you leverage something from it? Thanks.
am I over-reading this as bitterness? if so, get over it, if not, my apologies. in my case, I had to hustle. I knew I wanted to work in PR. I come from a smallish city on Australia's south coast. There were two professional bodies in PR in that city (basically the national institute and another society for young professionals in the field). In my final year of studies, me and the girl I was kinda sorta seeing at the time used to march along to all of their events to meet the industry. Most of the time, we just stood there like little lost kids, didn't know what to say, what was being talked about, anything, but it wasn't until much later that I started to see myself through their eyes...Megan and I were THE ONLY college kids who took the time to be out and among the industry, they all knew how awkward it must have felt for us, as they themselves have all been in the same place in their younger years. As awkward as we may have felt, everyone in that room appreciated our initiative. In the end, a series of events transpired where I was offered a role in a different city, but the connections I had made back home led to that all unfolding the way that it did... So no...nothing handed to me...no trust fund...no daddy-used-to-know scenarios...I just had to get out there and make it happen for myself.