As you know, I want a job in public relations and I want that job to be in Atlanta. I’ve been getting tired and burnt out from applying essentially everywhere that Atlanta has to offer and began to think whether I should expand my location options. Back to Baltimore/ DC? Seattle? Anywhere that would hire? OK, that’s a little dramatic. I value family friends very highly, so moving out of Atlanta would be a last resort. So when I got a call from a professor I had at Berry about touring two top PR firms in Downtown ATL a couple of weeks ago, I was eager to join.
So on Thursday, October 1st, I met the Berry College tour group right on Peachtree Street downtown. Although I was the only graduate in the group, it was nice to catch up with classmates and hear what’s been going on at my alma mater (uh, like our third year football team is first in our conference???).
We started at Edelman, which has been named the number one PR firm in Atlanta for a number of years. Located on the 31st floor, their office offers an unbelievable view of downtown. We broke into small groups, toured the office, then reconvened in a meeting room where a panel of four professionals discussed every day life at Edelman. I will admit, just thirty minutes before listening to that panel, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to work in a large firm. After listening to how passionate their employees are about their work completely changed my mind. It was so refreshing to see people so invested in what they do and truly believe in a company’s mission and values. My thoughts about working in a firm did a 180 after our discussion with the panel.
After Edelman, we made our way to Jackson- Spalding, which was right across the street. JS, a smaller firm, just moved into a new office that features a “coffee house” feel to it. Employees suggested this design because coffee shops are where they all tend to feel the most motivated… which I loved! JS has “neighborhoods” in their office for clients, such as Delta, Chick Fil A, and so on. With a panel of six professionals, JS offered a ton of insight into what they do in their office in ATL.
I won’t write a novel on everything that was discussed, or give you the whole ‘welcome to my crib’ about the offices. Both were extremely interesting and motivating.
So, why did I write this post? Aside from talking about my awesome day, it’s to show that if there is opportunity, you should take it! I was skeptical about going, since I was no longer a student, but I ended up feeling refreshed about the job hunt and I also made new connections on both of those tours. It was more than worth my time and I encourage everyone to consider the options that might not be a first priority. Because you just might end up changing your mind.