Adrian Granzella Larssen-Editor-in-Chief of The Muse
Adrian Granzella Larssen is the editor-in-chief of The Muse, the career platform that’s helped millions of people find and succeed at their dream jobs. With a longstanding mission to support women at work and in life, she speaks regularly on career advancement, networking, and the job search. She has been featured in Forbes, Mashable, Business Insider, Money, Inc., Real Simple, and on Fusion TV. She has 10+ years experience in digital strategy, communications, and publications, most recently AGL serving as head of online communications for the George Washington University Medical Center. She has a BA and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Q: What is your current job?
A: I am the editor-in-chief of The Muse. I run the daily operations of the publication, which focuses on a variety of career-related topics, such as learning how to deal with your boss and writing a better cover letter. We typically publish 50 articles a week at The Muse.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
A: I changed careers about five years ago and went through the challenges of finding a new job. I like helping people who are going through the same thing; I find it motivating and fulfilling. I also have the privilege of working with a broad network of contributors and get to work with really awesome people.
Q: When did you decide to pursue a career in journalism?
A: I was a public relations major in college and started my career in PR, communications, and marketing. I realized a few years ago that this is not what I wanted to be doing. I wanted to work on the editorial side of the business. Before I made the transition, it seemed stressful and overwhelming. I was hired to be a marketing manager at my previous employer, but I found a way to get my hand in the company’s publications and worked on any project that allowed me to gain editorial experience. I started taking classes on the side and when the editor left I was promoted to her position. I was in the right place at the right time with the right skills.
Q: What is it like to work at a startup?
A: I was the first employee at The Muse. I was there before it was an on official company, before we had an office, and before we had funding. It was very fun, yet stressful. At a startup, you can get very involved with every level of the business. You can make high-level decisions and have more autonomy over your work. I got to hire every single person on my team. There is also inherent risk that is part of your daily job. In the early days, I worked from 8 AM-12 PM every single day. The team was doing everything in our power to make the company survive.
Q: What advice do you have for girls interested in a career in journalism?
A: I have three pieces of advice.
1) Start talking to people in different roles. If you want to be a writer, editor, or social media expert, you should get a sense of where you would fit in and what you would do.
2) Just get started! The barrier to entry is so low that you do not need to have a traditional background to break into this field. I am living proof of this statement. You should start blogging, writing, taking a class, interacting with other people in the media space, following new bloggers, and tweeting at authors you find interesting.
3) Never underestimate the power of networking. Media is all about who you know and who you are connected to; it is more important than in other industries.