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.