Making the leap to PR
Thinking — as so many of my colleagues are — of making a switch out of newspapers? Consider this CareerJournal.com interview of a journalist-turned-flack.
CJ: What was the last straw that made you change careers?
Mr. Gerard: I had been contemplating the idea for four years. Every Thursday night, I'd work until midnight to meet deadline and one Thursday at around 8:30 p.m., I got a call from a publicist I knew who was having two people leave her practice. She asked if I knew anybody who would be good. When I asked what the pay scale was, I was floored. It was 35% to 40% more than I was making. At the rate I was going, it would take me 15 years to make that salary, so I took the job, and in one jump I made a 15-year leap.