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"New York Is The Only Real City" – Truman Capote

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“There Are Roughly 3 New Yorks… Third There Is New York Of The Person Who Was Born Somewhere Else & Came To New York In Quest Of Something.” – E B White

Since moving to New York just over 14 months ago I have experienced so much; I have worked part time in well known coffee bars and retail stores and interned all over the city in order to support my overall goal of achieving success on the NY PR scene.

Internships have been won, battling out hundreds of more highly strung self-named ‘fashionistas’, little money has been earned, but the belief has always remained strong – I didn’t want to be chewed up and spat out by this city. Today, everything became a little more positive, I was offered my first full time, salaried position.  So this post is my proof that if you want it bad enough and don’t give up (a cliche I know) things can really happen.

I came to New York in quest of a new life with a focused goal of getting where I wanted to be in terms of my PR objectives; it certainly hasn’t been easy but as E. B. White says, it is the people that come to New York in search of something that truly ‘give it passion’.

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“England & America Are Two Countries Separated By The Same Language” – George Bernard Shaw

First up, full disclosure: I am not from the United States, I am from the United Kingdom – yes, the land of tea, crumpets and the Queen.

The Queen
People know about the ‘special relationship’ between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. However, since moving here, I am starting to think this is a far cry from reality. Sure, America might count on British support at a G8 summit here or there, but this is where it seems to end. Out here I am almost a novelty, people never stop chuckling at the way I talk and I have been asked many times if I have high tea with HRH the Queen of England herself.

Proving yourself as a Brit abroad certainly isn’t the easiest.  I have been questioned at job interviews about my residency status (fair enough), the potential for sponsorship requirements (obviously) but also whether I am homesick and really do love tea (huh?).

After having great internships where people don’t really mind why you’re here due to their transient nature, the difficulty is crossing over into full time work. If anyone tells you that your accent will work a treat at getting you that job you want, they are fibbing. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears – quite literally if you’re trying to be in the PR industry…