Why I’m Changing Careers and Breaking Into PR

For as long as she can remember, music was a part of Ashley Wolf’s life. And once upon a time, she assumed she’d end up doing something with music for her career. “I sang, wrote [music], and played guitar for a long time.”

But at some point during her musical education, Wolf came to terms with how difficult it was to make a living in the field.

So she flexed her practical muscles, studied broadcasting and communications in school, and landed a job in broadcasting post-graduation.

Although Wolf was swiftly promoted (just a month after being brought on board), her position was eliminated when the organization was restructured. The layoff led Wolf to admit to herself that maybe breaking news wasn’t what she wanted to be chasing.

Fast-forward to the present, where Wolf finds herself still trying to figure out her career path but getting closer to discovering her “dream job” as she tries to break into PR.

To learn more about how Wolf said goodbye to music and embarked on a new, unfamiliar path, keep reading:

Was It Difficult to Stop Pursuing a Career in Music? Did It Ever Feel Like You Were Abandoning Your Long-Time Dreams?

In the beginning, it was a bit difficult to change from music to broadcast media. I basically studied music from first grade until my third year of college in some capacity.

At times I do feel like I abandoned the thing I was most passionate about for the majority of my life. I go to quite a few concerts each year, and I always end up saying the same thing—I really miss singing, playing guitar, and writing. It was the time of my life where I was less stressed because I could write a song about every emotion I was feeling and feel better after it was done. I just never felt secure enough about making music a career, so I made a change. 

What Was it About PR That Drew You In?

I’m a people person. I love listening to what people have to say. When I worked on the news desk, I would answer PR calls all day. I loved how passionate a representative would be about the story they were pitching and how excited they were about their clients’ ideas and success. I could see my personality fitting in that field and being successful at it.

I’m now at the point that I want a new career that’s going to let my creativity and passions emerge, and PR can do that for me.