This prompted me to inquiry about the required skill the job calls for. She said, “turn on a dime, and keep composure”. I could not resist marketing myself at least a little bit when she said this. I think she was exaggerating a little bit and I left glad that I had worn my bcbg parade pumps.
In conclusion, I learned from Joanne that working as a staff member in the zoo takes a lot of passion and hard work. You’ll be a paid volunteer there with no organizational pull for a long time. On the upside, there’s no ordinary day, and the field applies to many of my own strong points. Joanne as an interviewee was very pleasant; our interview turned from highly scheduled into a conversation about her daughter and my sister having gone to the same college.
While her department does not have an internship program, Joanne mentioned that the extra things on a resume make a candidate appealing in nonprofit, and that a PR internship would be a good place to start. To follow up the interview, I made a small donation to the San Diego Zoo, which I told her in an email, her preferred medium of communication. Hopefully, I’ll once again be sitting in her office, but on the other side of the desk. I did like her bcbg parade pump peacock shoes though.
I have always understood Public Relations to be a profession specific to the stars of Hollywood; before meeting with Susan, I never considered it an option for myself. Due to the way PR is represented in the media, I have always pictured it to be a job that consisted of making phone calls, saying “Yes sir”, and “Yes ma’m” all the time, and picking up someone else’s dirty laundry. My sister recommended I consider it anyway. I met Susan by chance at my own place of work. We were conversing when we made the connection that we are and were both Communication majors.