By: Steve Munoz
Another day another dollar or is it another Tuesday another guest speaker? Of course, it’s time for another guest speaker!
Matt Prince took the main stage this past Tuesday and introduced himself to the members of PRSSA Long Beach, He talked to us about his experience and gave us some advice on what to do before we graduate.
Matt Prince graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. However, the path of public relations was not something that he initially planned for. When he was accepted to CSUF, he wanted to be an English major. Later on, Prince realized that English was not for him and decided to go for public relations, not knowing what he was getting himself into. Prince is now the senior manager of public relations and brand experience at Taco Bell.
Prince discussed how fun his job can be and shared with students that since starting at Taco Bell, most of the things he’s done there are fun. He was able to work on projects like the Taco Bell hotel, the creation of the taco emoji and even Taco Bell weddings!
However, it has taken Prince some time to get where he is right now. “Everything starts with an internship,” Prince said.
Prince shared with students that internships are a great way to start a career. Internships can help students figure out what they want to do and can help them set a pathway if they’re lost.
“Public relations people love to talk and they love to talk about themselves,'' Prince said.
Prince talked about how the more experience a person has, the better it is for them to get a job. It doesn’t matter if you think that your current job position is not related to your dream job because every experience matters.
“Fake it until you make it,” he said.
To close up the night, Prince shared that education and networking are also important. Prince encouraged students to study, read and understand how the public relations-field work. He believes that as long as students educate themselves and learn how to network, they will succeed in this field.
Undoubtedly, Prince knows how to taco ‘bout public relations.
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