Look Ma, I’m employed!

November 11, 2009 at 7:31 AM 14 comments

I must first inform you that I am writing this post from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and I am lucky enough to be sitting next to my love after five long months apart.  We have both been planning this trip for what felt like forever, but when I found him just outside customs, I don’t think it mattered to me one bit where we were.  I was just happy to have my best friend back.  I spent most of the day fighting jet lag, but tomorrow there are big plans!  The infamous Opera House and maybe the beach!  It’s almost summer here, and thank goodness for that.  Chicago winter is creeping up on me, and this will be a great change.

Friday was the last day of my six-month internship with StrategyOne, the research arm for Edelman.  I learned a great deal from my work at StrategyOne, but I was ready to move on to something different.  I had been asked to continue to work with the company as an independent contractor, and I was happy to have the opportunity to do some freelance work.  I met with someone from Edelman Digital about a month ago, and we talked about the possibility of me doing some freelance work with the Digital team as well.  Unfortunately, it seemed as though this would not be possible since I had not been an intern for Digital before my freelance work.

I have to say I was pretty bummed.  I understand that with a big company this is often “just how it works,” but I had become really excited about working with the Digital team.  My hopes were reignited Thursday morning when I was asked to come in my very last day for an interview.  A position on the Digital team had opened up, and they had thought of me first!  Eeek!

After three interviews on Friday, I had an offer in hand before the end of the day, and I stayed up late to fill out all of the necessary paperwork before leaving the country for two weeks.  Luckily my mom is amazing and offered to fax everything for me the next day.

So now it’s official: I’m the newest associate account executive for Edelman Digital!

And I could not be more thrilled for this new challenge.  I will be taking ownership of some new projects involving measurement, and even more exciting, I get to take on some pretty heavy-duty analysis, too!  I must admit I am a bit nervous, but I’m so ready to take on this role!

Wish me luck!


Entry filed under: Growing up, Job search, Life as an intern, Measurement, PR metrics, public relations, Social Media. Tags: , , , , , , .

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sheema  |  November 11, 2009 at 7:33 AM


  • 2. David Brain  |  November 11, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Hey congrats and welcome.

  • 3. amymengel  |  November 11, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    Great news Rebecca! So happy for you. Enjoy your time down under and good luck with the new role when you get back!

  • 4. Bryna  |  November 11, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Awesome! I’m sure you’ll rock it!

  • 5. Jackie Adkins  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Not a bad way to head out for vacation, huh?! That’s great news, Rebecca and congratulations on getting such a sweet position! Have a blast in Australia!

  • 6. Sonny Gill  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Rock on – congrats on the new gig!

  • 7. Melissa  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Oh my gosh! CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you. =) Have a great time in Australia!

  • 8. Nick Lucido  |  November 11, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Congrats, Rebecca! You’re about to join a really great team. Good luck!

  • 9. Mark W Schaefer  |  November 11, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    AWESOME!!! Just wish I could have hired you!

  • 10. Rebecca Denison  |  November 11, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Oh goodness! Thank you, thank you everyone! I wanted to share my good fortune and am currently working on a post about how much the social media community has helped me land my first dream job!!

    So thank you, and in not too long, you should see a proper thank you!!


  • 11. Ken Denison  |  November 12, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Congratulations and we’re so proud of you!

  • 12. Heather Whaling  |  November 16, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Rebecca, I’m clearly behind in my Google Reader, so I apologize for my “tardiness,” but congratulations!! So excited for you and can’t wait to see what comes next!


  • 13. Allokyses  |  November 27, 2009 at 6:29 AM

    OMG loved reading this post. I added your feed to my blogreader.

  • 14. DR. WHAW? – January 14, 2010 « One true sentence.  |  January 14, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    […] happy to be where I am. If you haven’t  been around the blog lately, check out my post about my new gig and say hello to tell me what’s new in your life. I’m being a super-multitasker tonight […]


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