Angela Cavanagh

Angela Cavanagh

Communications Manager


Capital One

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
First, I worked at my college newspaper, took classes focused on PR and got involved with PRSSA.
Then I got internships in PR and Comms.
Then I got my first job out of college at a PR firm.
Then I got a job doing PR and Comms at Capital One.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Blue Valley High School
Bachelor
Journalism
Indiana University-Bloomington
Bachelor
Business/Commerce, General
Indiana University-Bloomington
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Indiana University-Bloomington

Career

Communications Manager

I help tell our company's story through media.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

No two days are alike - but in any given day I might be working with a reporter on a story they are writing that features Capital One or pitching them story ideas; creating a PR campaign for one of our products or initiatives; or developing messaging documents and strategy on ways we can raise the positive public reputation of our company.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

It's important to be well-versed in the media and closely follow the news so you know what is going on in the world (with the eye of how we might fit into that external context). It's also important to be very flexible and handle a lot of different projects and deadlines at the same time. PR also requires a lot of creativity and strategic thinking.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get internships in public relations or communications -- even if you aren't majoring in that field, so many backgrounds can lead to PR, so it would be good to try it out for a few months to see if you're interested in the work.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Journalism
undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Commerce, General
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General