Meet Sheena Hedjazi Cochran, a Houston-based Media Relations Coordinator for a major law firm. Besides being one of the most relatable, easy-to-talk-to women we know, Sheena is a communications and media relations guru with tons of experience (and style).
Current Job: Senior Media Relations Coordinator at a law firm
Favorite Places to Shop for Work wear: Bellgray (of course), Zara, J. Crew, Banana Republic and the Houston Talbot's Outlet.
Favorite Reads: The Skimm (especially in the morning), Pink Peonies and Gal Meets Glam
Best Piece of Career Advice: Follow your gut.
How did you get into media relations and communications? Actually, my first job out of college was with a tax consulting agency. It was 2010, the job market was rough and I took what I could get. After three years of really wanting to be in the communications industry, I quit my job and started looking for a job in PR.
What was that transition like? I'm not going to lie, it was a hard few months of looking for a job. A lot of agencies told me I needed to start interning again, even though I'd interned in communications all throughout college, because they wanted to see work product. But, I tailored my resume to emphasize the client relations and communications aspects of my previous job and became willing to make a pay cut. It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me.
How so? It gave me the opportunity to have an experience with a really solid company - no company is perfect - but moving jobs showed me what you deserve out of and expect from a work environment. I've been with the company for four years and I really enjoy what I do now.
What advice would you have for someone looking to change industries? Follow your gut. Always. Then, tailor your resume for what you want to do and where you want to apply.
Are there any similarities between the two industries? Definitely, they're both very male dominated. It's rare to run into female-dominated offices in both of those industries.
How has that affected your work experience? If it has. It's definitely affected my work experience in both positive and negative ways, whether it was being disrespected because I was a woman or questioned because I was a woman.
How did you deal with that? In a lot of ways, I embraced being a woman in a heavily-male workplace. Sure, that means I had to work harder to prove myself, but, in part, I achieved that through just rolling with the punches, not letting anything rattle me. I don't take things personally, because it's work. Work is not personal, especially in corporate America. I won't be disrespected, of course. And, my policy towards that is to be strong and loud about the disrespect.
How else do you embrace being a woman in corporate America? Clothes. It's so cliche, but I love shopping. And I'm surrounded my so many chic, smart women.
Yes! Love that! What's your typical work wear? I love wrap dresses, especially DVF wrap dresses with heels. I always get so many compliments. But, I'm also a huge fan of the tailored blouse tucked into a pencil skirt look. And winter-wear, I think everyone looks so chic in winter clothes.
Shop Sheena's look on Bellgray HERE.