Thursday, September 07, 2006

Making the leap to PR

Thinking — as so many of my colleagues are — of making a switch out of newspapers? Consider this 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.


At 9:50 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you've got technical chops, think also about technical editing; I think the numbers look better than what you're reporting. And you don't have to be a programmer or engineer. (You can't actively hate technical professions, of course. :-))

-- Technical Editor

At 5:44 PM, September 09, 2006, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

There's more to life than money.

At 6:35 PM, September 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, there's also editing. :-)

At 6:47 PM, September 09, 2006, Blogger Nicole said...

And root beer floats. Man, do I love root beer floats.

At 11:07 PM, September 23, 2006, Anonymous rknil said...

"There's more to life than money." Yes, like the overwhelming respect CEs get. And those lovely hours. I can't possibly understand why CEs aren't gloriously happy.


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