Erica Moss is the community manager for the online Master of Science in Nursing program at Georgetown University, with one of the nation’s leading online nurse practitioner programs. Outside of work, Erica is passionate about Instagram, Taylor Swift and her English bulldog, Mona. Follow her on Twitter @ericajmoss.
I was born and raised in Michigan, affectionately known as America’s High-Five. I went to school, moved into my first apartment, got married and started a life there. So when my husband got the itch to pursue his MBA at a top business school, I was pretty sure life was about to radically change. And when he decided on New York City, I was sure of it.
Could I find a good-paying job in my industry? Would I fit in with my co-workers who were already comfortable with the fast-paced nature of the city? Would I become Andrea Sachs in “The Devil Wears Prada,” tormented, exhausted and ready to give up after it all became too much? These were a few of many concerns I had.
And while I’m by no means an expert, if you’re thinking of making a similar move from the Midwest to the big city, there are a few things you can do to prepare and ensure you prosper in one of the greatest cities in the world. Read more…
Surprised I’m blogging again? Me too. I know it has been a while since my last post, but I’m sorry I’m not sorry.
To be completely candid, it just has not been a priority for me since I’ve started rebuilding my life Chicago. And quite frankly, I’m okay with that. We all need a break sometimes.
A year ago, I would have been stressing myself out about “not getting a post up (*&^%##!!!!!!)” but I’m another year older and another year wiser. However, the still holds true for this blog: I do it according to my own terms.
Don’t get me wrong, I love when people find value in the words I write here, but it started as an outlet for me to learn more about the industry and explore my own thoughts and that still holds true today.
At the end of the day, it’s just a blog. So let’s not sweat it, k?
This post was inspired by a conversation with my pseudo-sister/ cousin, Miranda. May you always have the strength and smarts to listen to your own heart.
Is there such a thing as finding the “right” career? I’m not so sure. We grow up being told we can be “anything we want to be.” Sure, it seems encouraging and inspirational when you’re five years old playing doctor, but when you’re a new grad, it’s SCARY AS HELL.
It’s hard enough picking a major to study in school, but picking a career is one of the toughest decisions one makes in life. That’s mainly because it’s so easy to get swept up in what you “should” rather than what you “want” to do. Of course, pressure from family and friends doesn’t help the matter. Read more…
I know I’ve been pretty quiet for the past month or so, but I’ve been making changes of astronomical proportions: I’m excited to announce that I’m joining Weber Shandwick’s digital team in Chicago.
The two years I’ve lived in New York City have been a grand adventure: from working at award-winning mid-sized agencies, to learning the intricacies of the subway system, to celeb spotting at Heidi Klum’s Halloween party, to bar hopping in the east village, to concerts at the Williamsburg Waterfront and Central Park, to brunching with friends on the weekend, to seeing Broadway shows… the list goes on and on. I’ve made many good memories and friends here and I am sad to leave.
But even with the abundance of culture, art, music, food and people, there are some things NYC can’t provide me: it can’t make it any closer for my family and friends to visit, it can’t make it any more affordable to fly to Michigan more than twice a year and it can’t make up for the loneliness I feel from being so far away from the people I love. Read more…
Guest post by Michael Shmarak, Principal of Sidney Maxwell Public Relations
If I were to meet most of the people reading Mikinzie’s blog, I would bet that most are working for a PR firm are within a particular practice or segment of an agency.
- Your team might have one of the following labels—Consumer, Corporate, Technology or even Digital/Social Media.
- You’re learning a lot about the client through the lens of your work and (in the process) you are building industry knowledge.
- What’s more, as you get older, you are trying to make yourself more marketable for whatever your next job might be.
Now, let’s look at your clients. They have labels of their own—and not just marketing and PR/communications ones.
- Some of the more common labels are Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Legal.
- These are the systems that keep companies in business.
- These people are constantly working to make their companies matter to the influencers who matter most to them—not to mention the people who run the company.
Anyone notice a difference here? Your clients are in the business of business. Your agencies are in the business of PR, communications and social media. As many of you embark on what can become a long and prosperous career, you all have a golden opportunity to bridge a divide that has been way too big for way too long. Read more…
During the holiday season each year, my family tries to do something for those in need. One year, my grandma and I visited those in the hospital with terminal illness who had been abandoned by their friends and families. Another year, my mom and I went on a shopping spree of clothes, food and toiletries for a local resident who had lost all of his possessions in an apartment fire.
This year, I’m making it a blue Christmas. I’m not talking about playing the holiday tune by Elvis, but rather being involved in the Bluekey campaign from USA for UNHCR. Read more…
Confession: I’ve been dreading my 25th birthday for a few months now. I know what you’re thinking: it’s the whole “quarter-life crisis” thing. That may be partially true, but there’s one specific thing that’s been weighing on my mind as the hours count down: a list I created almost three years ago.
As a dutiful list-maker, I made a list of things I had hoped to accomplish by the time I was 25. And while I’ve accomplished a lot, I’m that annoying type that is never quite satisfied with my own success. Just ask my mom. Read more…