Accepting a job…in Michigan

April 26, 2010 12:05 pm

Last summer, someone told me that I was “too talented to stay in Michigan.” At that time, I was seriously considering moving away after graduation. There are many reasons to leave…The economy. The crime rates in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw. The lack of jobs. The unbearably cold winters.

25 percent of young professionals plan to leave Michigan…

But, I recently made my final decision: I’m here to stay. I’ve accepted a job offer with AGP & Associates in Midland. I actually knew I would be receiving an offer after a discussion with the CEO last February, but I received the “official” offer last week.

In the past year, I’ve learned a lot of things about myself and this state. I discovered I am passionate about marketing communications, rather than just PR. I actually like B2B work (in the textbooks, it sounds incredibly dull). I prefer the culture of a small agency. And, I like…maybe even love…mid-Michigan.

I recently attended Future Midwest. I suggest my fellow Michigan college students and grads watch this video from the conference.

So, what are your post-grad plans and why? Where do you want to go? Or, why are you staying in your state?

Photo Credit: Esterline Photography

11 Comments »

  1. Hi Rachel,

    It sounds as though you have followed your heart and found the perfect place to begin your career in PR! Congratulations to you, and to AGP & Associates (and their clients). And congratulations to the state of Michigan for retaining top notch talent!

    Best,
    Valerie

  2. Congratulations, Rachel. Kudos to you for staying in the place you love despite well intended advice. True, some locations look better on a resume than others, but there are excellent in public relations is not geographically specific.

  3. Valerie,

    Thank you so much!! It did take some thought. Hawaii looks pretty appealing when you’ve lived in Michigan your entire life!

    But, I truly felt that AGP was a match for me. The agency and its people have already helped me grow as a professional and I see potential for career advancement.

    Thanks!

  4. Thank you, Beth!! With all of the negativity in the media, some people fail to see the positive side of Michigan. Working for Vision Mid Michigan has helped me see more of this state in a positive light though.

    While starting out in a city like Columbus, Chicago or New York City might have looked good on a resume, I definitely advise others to find a place that fits not only their career goals, but also their personalities!

    Thanks!

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  6. Congratulations, Rachel! I’m happy to hear you’re going to be in Michigan. It’s not a matter of staying or going, it’s where you’re starting. You don’t know what tomorrow will bring and must start with opportunities presented to you through your own creation. All the best.

  7. I’m learning too that it doesn’t matter where you start and we need more young people to stay and build communities outside of the major metros. With the internet, high rents and chain stores, what you miss mostly about major metros is the amount of social activity and if the arts are not in your city, those things, but most states have arts organizations and universities to provide intellectual stimulation.

  8. Congrats, Rachel. Michigan is lucky to have you.

  9. @Anne: Thank you!!

    @Kristen: Fortunately, the area I will be in does have a nice PRSA chapter and other social activities. There also is some universities within driving distance. Thank you for the comment!

    @Megan: Thank you so much!

  10. Rachel,

    Most importantly, HUGE congrats on the job. The fact that you stayed in Michigan is nothing to be disappointed about at all. Here in Western New York, they’ve been lamenting that we are losing too many college grads. But, you have to WANT to stay and most want to explore.
    Your discoveries help hammer home a great point: You need to first look inside to see what you are really looking for. That’s when you’ll see the outer beauty of what is there.
    Cheers!

  11. Jason,

    Thanks for the comment!! I’m definitely not disappointed that I have stayed. But, I’m also glad that I left last summer to that I would discover what I really wanted. Thanks!

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Rachel M. Esterline works in public relations and marketing communications. Her blog, ExPRessions, contains her musings about PR, marketing, career and professional development, Gen Y issues, personal branding and more. Rachel also does freelance consulting and writing. She is originally from Genesee, Mich., and will graduate from Central Michigan University in May 2010.