And we’re back! We’re already half way through September, and lots of new graduates and professionals are settling into new jobs. But are you currently struggling to find your ideal role? Or do you just want to jump into a brand new field? Don’t worry, we’ve got a new interview live, which will be especially helpful those of you looking for a role in social media and PR. Miriam Indries works as a Social and PR Exec and has had a very colourful career so far. She was kind enough to share her tips and hints with us.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Miriam and I am 27 years old. I am from New Zealand, however I am currently living in the UK. I am the Social & PR Executive for Hen Heaven and The Stag Company. I also write my own blog which is called Life Through a Blondes Eyes and I am a feature writer for The Indie Chicks.
Did you always aim for a role in the PR/Digital industry?
Not really to be honest, at least not in the beginning. I always wanted to work in the fashion industry, so I began working as a personal assistant for a New Zealand fashion designer. I assisted with fashion week prep, got an insight to the industry and was even designing at some point. It was tough work but was very rewarding and I learned a lot. My PR passion began then, when I learned about networking and magazines, whilst still in the fashion industry. I then went to university and studied psychology, and graduated.
It was then when I started blogging and freelance writing. I also began working in social media shortly after. I really enjoyed it as I am a very creative person and social media allows you to be creative. Once I gained some experience in this field, I then progressed with PR as well, as they really go hand in hand. And now, I couldn’t imagine not doing this. I love it.
Did you intern to get to where you are today?
I was an intern in the fashion industry for a bit. . It was great, I learned a lot about the industry and PR, and then I was offered the personal assistant role so I was very happy with that. It came with a lot of responsibility but it was amazing. I attended different events, buyer showcases, fashion shows and magazine launches. I was working a lot but I loved it.
Did you go to university or take part in any courses?
I studied psychology at university, so not necessarily what I do now. However I believe it has really helped me a lot with my career because social media and PR are all about people and interaction. Understanding people and knowing how to approach them is in my opinion one of the most important attributes for this industry.
How did you look for jobs in the industry? (via online, friends etc)
How important was networking for your career development?
I would say it was and still is quite important. Meeting people from all sorts of professional fields is very beneficial toward self-development on both levels, personally and professionally.
How do you feel about the rise of blogging?
I think it’s great of course as I am a blogger. I believe that there are so many talented people out there, and being able to share your talent with the world is truly an amazing thing. We are very lucky.
Do you have any tips for people who are looking for a similar role to yours?
“I would say to always stay motivated and learn to trust yourself and your creativity.”
Both social media and PR are quite competitive fields to get in, but if you are passionate about it and you work hard, eventually it will happen. Also, the internet is full of valuable articles and tools which you should keep up with. Always keep updated with everything new in the field.
Thank you Miriam for sharing your time and advice with us and our readers!
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