Graduating and Going Corporate!

I’m going to assume that anyone who reads my blog doubted I would return. On the contrary, I’m back and better than ever. I know what you’re thinking, “OH MY GOD SHE’S BACK!” And for largely selfish purposes, I’m convinced that’s what all of you are thinking. However, even though I haven’t written about anything since the Richard Sherman vs. Erin Andrews debacle, I AM BACK.

During my little break, a few things have been going on that have kept me increasingly busy. The most interesting by far? I got a puppy! Puppy, meet the blog. Bloggers, meet Puppy; His name is Moose.


Moose: The world’s cutest puppy.

On a more serious note, for the past few months I have been involved in a student-run campaign for Connections for Life, a non-profit organization in Baton Rouge (If you remember or care to know about how this blog got started, it was because of a campaign largely similar to this one). For this campaign, me and six PR majors formed the agency Belle Public Relations. In order to graduate in May, we must roll out a full-fledged awareness campaign and plan a corresponding event as well. For Connections, our agency decided to throw a fashion show and silent auction, Fashion for a Cause. I am the strategy director, so I have had my hands in a little bit of everything since the agency has formed. 

In addition to all of that, my search for post-graduation employment officially began. Now, I’m not sure how much I have ever talked about my past internships. But, the majority of them were in the sports industry, namely football. I have always loved working in sports, and have formed friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. But at this point in my life the thrill and excitement I used to possess when thinking about my career in football has diminished. To put it bluntly, I’m a little bored. I want to try other forms of marketing and PR before I decide to stick with sports. So, I decided to go corporate. Specifically, Silicon Valley corporate.

I’m from the Bay Area, I’ve grown up around Google and Cisco and NetApp. Believe me when I say there is no better place to dip your feet in the corporate tech pool than in the heart of Silicon Valley. Corporate jobs are stereotyped as boring and uptight, especially compared to the hype of professional football. But for me, a corporate job is something for me to get excited about, the chance to do something new, something fresh. 

So for the past six months, I have been trying painstakingly hard to get a job at various corporations in Silicon Valley. However, one seems to have become my Everest. A dominating presence around the world, Cisco is a giant corporation, a global leader in technology and is the place I’m going to start my career. I can say with confidence that Cisco has been a consistent, unwavering presence in my inbox. Unfortunately, what I dream up for myself and reality are two very different things.

By this, I mean that I have received a solid six months worth of rejection letters from my future employer..Image

However, the perks of being annoying and persistent are now starting to emerge; I just know it… Anyways, I went online, hopped onto LinkedIn and had a MARATHON session of applying for jobs. The result? One employee referral, two LinkedIn connections and not one, but TWO emails informing me that I was being considered for various positions. For obvious reasons, I was thrilled. 

Of course I have applied to other companies, with whom I have been fortunate enough to get interviews. And if I were offered a job by any of these companies, I would IMMEDIATELY jump at the chance to work for them. In regards to Cisco, they just happen to be the challenge I have pitted myself against. They said no, so I decided they needed to notice me. Perhaps one day they will. Until then, I’m going to work hard for the amazing company that I end up with;

All while continuing to explore the vast, new world of corporate america. 

Clare Gleeson studies public relations at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications. You can visit her online portfolio and PR agency Belle Public Relations blog to hear more or follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.



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