About cpiedmo

I’m Chris Piedmont, a junior at the College of Charleston in historic Charleston, SC where I’m majoring in Communication and minoring in Business Administration. After graduation, I plan on going into public relations. As a native Charlestonian, it’s been amazing experiencing life at the College and the opportunities that I’ve had thanks to this amazing institution. In the short year and a half that I’ve attended the College of Charleston, I’ve been able to go to New York City on a networking trip with top public relations and communications professionals; served as a student blogger at the PRSA Counselors Academy Conference in New Orleans, LA; worked with CNN preparing for the January 2012 Southern Republican Presidential Debate; met Anderson Cooper; and interacted with our prestigious Department of Communication Advisory Council members through my events management internship. I couldn’t be happier with the experiences I’ve had thus far and am anxiously awaiting what my final 3 semesters at the College of Charleston will hold. I currently have the honor of serving as the President of the College of Charleston’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and as the Communications Director for the College Democrats of South Carolina. Serving with these organizations has taught me so much not only about being a leader, but also about how to conduct myself professionally. As you might have guessed, two of my biggest passions are politics and public relations and I can’t wait to see how I can incorporate these passions into my career. Feel free to visit my LinkedIn to learn more about my professional experiences or connect with me on Twitter!

The First Day…dun dun dun

We all know that feeling of reporting for the first day of a new job. That nervous, excited, sickly feeling about what your new job will entail. It kind of resembles how you felt on your way to your first day of school as a kindergartner. When I arrived at work, we worked on my contract and did all the necessary paperwork…..the fun part about starting any new job…..W4s, I9s, UFOs, WMDs, and all the other endless government forms. My supervisor informed of what my duties would be and that it would include helping produce our monthly Charleston Arts calendar, update our website with upcoming art events around the city, assisting at festivals, and anything else they needed. After explaining my duties, she said that’s all she had planned for me that day. I had planned on being there for a while and saw this as a perfect opportunity to see if there was anything else she had for me to do. I did this for two reasons: 1) I wanted to show that I cared about impressing my employer as well as working hard. 2) I was eager to begin the internship. While the only task she had for me was filling old name badges, by offering to begin when I wasn’t expected to it showed that I would be a great help around the office.  I would advise you to do the same when at work. Always take those opportunities for advancement and showcasing the type of worker you are.

Hey Guys!!

My twin brother and me, I'm the "Statue of Liberty"

Hi! I’m Chris, and I’m a Charleston native through and through. After spending my freshmen year of college at Clemson University in good ole’ God’s Country, USA, as the Town of Clemson is so lovingly referred to as, I decided to transfer back home to the Holy City and attend the College of Charleston. The old adage…or lyric by Joni Mitchell…”you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone” proved true. It took leaving Charleston for a year to realize what I truly had been a part of. Now, granted I actually live in a suburb 20 minutes away from the generally thought of Historic Area, going “downtown” and experiencing the Historic areas and Charleston culture were still always a part of life for me.  I went to Clemson and discovered that I really wanted to go into public relations and the later half of the year was spent struggling with the decision of whether or not to transfer back home where there might be more opportunities to build my resume. I’m glad to say that for me personally, this has proven true.  In Charleston, I have found so many more opportunities and am beginning the never-ending journey of NETWORKING!

I’m currently interning with the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Charleston in. I know most people automatically jump to the conclusion of an intern being the “slave” for the rest of the office, or the designated coffee grabber. While I haven’t personally had this experience….yet…..I find that the things that my employer has me do will actually benefit me in any future career. Working in an office that plans and executes multiple arts festivals and special events each year, each day tends to differ and we are constantly working on our next upcoming project.

This blog will focus on what I learn each day at work and how the things I work on will benefit me in my future career aspirations. I’ll do a few posts about past days of work to get you caught up with where I am currently (as I’ve been interning, now, for about 3 weeks) and then will do a post two days a week (one for each time I work).

I hope this gives you a little bit of start-up info and I hope to have my first post up tomorrow about my first few days interning! Until then, I encourage you to look for the beneficial aspects of everything you do in life because if you look close enough, most everything is helping you in some way.