By Christian Rush
As an English major at the University of Iowa, Megan Belt thought she would become a lawyer. But when she realized law school wasn’t meant for her, she says she “stumbled around for a while searching for her passion.”
Today, Belt serves as account director in public relations for Ervin and Smith, a digital marketing company in Omaha. Within Ervin and Smith, Belt oversees strategies for their various PR clients, whether it is a Fortune 500 company or a startup. She strives to create brand awareness through media relations and content creations.
Belt has worked in public relations for more than 14 years. A temp job at UPS in San Diego led her to eventually working more closely with the communications manager.
There, she discovered her lifelong passion for writing matched her true talents, which drew her to the field of public relations. She worked with UPS for 11 years until she moved to Omaha in 2010 and began working with Ervin and Smith in strategic communications and public relations.
Belt, UNO PRSSA’s professional adviser, offers three tips for aspiring public relations professionals:
1) Get involved. Belt stresses that getting involved early in your
education or career is very important. Find an organization
related to the professional field you are considering and become
involved. Having that outlet while you’re young will greatly benefit
you in the future.
2) Network. Either network within organizations you are involved in or within your already established career. She used the application “LinkedIn” as an example of a great resource to use,especially if you’re new to an area. “It’s a great way to make connections fast,” Belt says.
3) Look for internships. Especially if you’re near graduation, internships are a great way to find your passion in a certain career field. “Figure out what is important to you,” Belt says. Get the experience you need while you uncover where you envision yourself, whether it is a corporate communicator, or involved in a non-profit organization”
What Belt enjoys most of her profession is the opportunity she gets everyday to help her clients build their careers. She finds it very rewarding when she helps a client build up their brand awareness.
“I love what I do, especially when I can help our clients really gain the brand awareness they’re looking for,” Belt says. “It’s also very exciting getting the chance to work with some high level leaders and CEO’s of various businesses. Learning from them has really helped me gain some vital knowledge of the industry I can use for future clients.”
Fun Facts about Megan Belt
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
- Married 15 years to her college sweetheart, Steve
- Has two children Kya, 10 and Flynn, 5
- Spending time with family
- Following politics