Your Career and You: Optimism, Enthusiasm, and Self-Confidence

Publication1I had the pleasure of participating in the final PRSSA Tweetchat of the academic year recently. Simply stated, one of the most inspiring sessions I’ve attended in a while.

The young men and women on the chat demonstrated all the pluses that I “preach” about day after day in my undergrad as well as in my graduate classes at Curry College and at Regis College.

They were filled with optimism…both about their own futures and about the future of public relations.

They were (no surprise!) enthusiastic. The overwhelming attitude was “let’s go out and make a difference!”

And all they exuded an aura of self-confidence. “Either lead, follow, or get out of the way.”

I get a huge rush of confidence and optimism myself this time of the year as I mentally prepare for our commencement ceremonies at Curry. I will have a chance to watch as my own graduating PR rockstars walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

We have spent the past four years preparing for this moment…and it has come all too quickly.

There have been some incredible highs. And we have spent a fair amount of time working out problems and challenges.

Sound like “life as usual”? It sure does to me! During my previous career as a PR professional, I dealt with supervisees (as well as with my own boss(es)) on these very issues. So sort of “prep for ‘real life.’”

The neat thing is that today’s crop of budding professionals have a wealth of resources to call on, including an extensive network of public relations professionals through not only PRSA, but also IABC and various Publicity Clubs (I’ve linked to the Publicity Club of New England…there are a ton of others) across the country. Here in Boston, we also have Boston Women Communicators, whose membership comprises exactly what the name says…and it’s an awesome resource.

This barely scrapes the surface, but you get the idea. It’s a “brave new world” out there, as I’ve said in a previous post for Waxing Unlyrical, and it’s waiting for any and all who are willing to step into it.

PRSSA is an excellent starting point for this journey, and I encourage anyone and everyone who wanders across my path to get involved…actively. Don’t just go to meetings; volunteer to serve on a committee. Believe me, that involvement will pay huge dividends down the road.

But don’t just stop there… “test drive” other organizations as well…you never know where that next lead is going to come from.

Finally…never forget…every one of the more seasoned professionals who you meet along the way has been through exactly what you’re going through…and understands how you feel.

All you have to do is show him or her that you have the optimism, the enthusiasm, and the self-confidence to succeed.


About kirkhazlett

35+ years' federal government and nonprofit organization PR experience followed by more than 20 years' undergraduate and graduate college teaching experience. Community and media relations expertise, as well as a fanaticism for quality service and customer satisfaction. PR for healthcare and member services organizations ranging from Blood Bank of Hawaii to Medical Area Service Corporation to Boston Harborfest. Consulting services for Manila and Singapore Red Cross.
This entry was posted in careers, Communication, Curry College, feedback, networking, PRSA Boston, PRSSA, Public Relations Society of America, Regis College, Undergraduate Communication and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Your Career and You: Optimism, Enthusiasm, and Self-Confidence

  1. Kirk,

    That is an awesome post. I am glad to see a different take on the class of ’13 than the stereotype of “these kids of today” living in their parents basements and wondering “what will become of me?”

    Love to see you in action in the classroom.


    • kirkhazlett says:

      Thanks, Dick. I do tend to be optimistic in spite of the occasional “bumps” along the way. I’d love to have YOU talking to my PR class…I think you would be a terrific source of information and inspiration…for them as well as for me! 🙂



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s