Career Path: Damira Bowles, Account Supervisor at The Rosen Group
What do the career path and the day-in-the-life look like for an Account Supervisor at public relations firm The Rosen Group?
We connected with Damira Bowles to find out!
Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work?
I am Croatian, from the coastal city of Split, recently made famous as one of the filming locations for the Game of Thrones. I’ve lived in many places including Chicago, IL and London, UK. My dad is a ship captain and my mom worked in accounting. I have two younger sisters who are professional luge athletes. One of them competed in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?
I hold a Master’s of Science degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University (NYU). NYU was my dream school and to this day one of my proudest achievements. I also hold a BA and an MA in International Relations from a school in London. Initially, my plan was to work in public affairs or the non-profit realm, then I found the exciting world of Public Relations. I also got a diploma in Social Media Management from Georgetown University. Learning is what keeps the mind young!
What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?
Being level-headed and realistic, and being able to communicate in multiple languages and relate to people. I am lucky to be able to work with people whose work ethic aligns with my own.
Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as Account Supervisor at Rosen Group?
Developing and executing public relations and social media campaigns. I also handle our Internship program, which is very rewarding.
Any tips for someone considering a career in the PR industry?
Hone your writing skills, stay on top of the news, and NETWORK!
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Coffee! The best coffee I ever had was in a little coffee shop in the Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan. It was served in a mug the size of a soup bowl! In NYC my go-to is Gregory’s Coffee.
What time do you get into the office?
Around 8:30 am… I like to have some quiet time to catch up on emails and drink my COFFEE!
What are three things that motivate you in your role?
Being able to tell our clients’ stories, mentoring, and meeting journalists and other PR pros I can learn from. I also work with some truly wonderful people. One of my colleagues is also studying to become a pastry chef which means that on any given day our office gets to feast on a selection of expertly crafted desserts. That’s what I call work perks.
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
A typical day involves working on materials such as press releases, pitches, social media editorial calendars, new business proposals, attending client meetings and media interviews (my favorite!).
What time do you head out of the office?
Around 6 pm on a regular day. Sometimes we have client events which can include working in the evenings or weekends.
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
The 24/7 news cycle makes it virtually impossible to completely shut down. I always check my emails but usually wait until the next day to respond unless it is an emergency.
Any productivity hacks?
Just the old ‘never do tomorrow what you can do today.’ Also, the Pomodoro technique is an excellent time management system.
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
Facebook messenger to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as Instagram and Kindle.
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
Landing an internship at the British Parliament (House of Commons) as a young graduate. Seeing my clients featured in The New York Times, Forbes and other revered outlets. Working on a project with Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac and meeting Susan Westmoreland, Culinary Director Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, whose career I admire so much.
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
My former NYU professor and mentor Bill Healey, who is an experienced public affairs and communications professional as well as an adjunct professor at NYU and The College of New Jersey. He is a well of knowledge and one of the best people I know. I trust his judgment unreservedly and often call on him for professional and personal advice.