10 Questions: How did I get into PR?

As part of his One on One interview seriesfor PR in Canada, Dave Forde asked me to explain how I got into PR.

My answer: By accident.

I was studying for a Ph.D. in political science when I realized that I was not cut out to be a teacher. Nor was I likely to get one of the scarce political science teaching jobs then available at Canadian universities.

So, I found myself a job on Parliament Hill. Eventually, I moved into the role of Special Assistant to Canada’s Minister of Communications, where I handled the Minister’s relations with the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

I was fascinated by how news was gathered, reworked, and the struggle of people with facts to ensure they made it into news reports. In short, I was hooked. And my career path was determined.

You can watch my complete answer to this question this short video.

How about you? How did you decide on your career?

  • So much more eloquent than I am when in front of the camera, Joe.

    I never realized you had so much education in Poli-Sci. I did a mere BA myself, but originally did have plans to expand on it. But, like you, I looked around and realized that academia wasn’t the place for me.

    In any case, I wish you would’ve vlogged the other nine questions. I think that it would made for a great exercise in unadulterated transparency.