I recently spent some “quality time” in the company of young men and women…Curry College current and former students…who are either beginning to craft their own pathways into the professional world or have ventured out and are now shaping their futures.
For those of you who have subjected yourself before to a reading of my thoughts, you already know the optimism I have when it comes to talking about the students with whom I’ve had the pleasure of studying and learning about the communication profession…in particular, the public relations profession which has consumed a sizeable portion of my life.
Simply put, I believe with all my heart that there is a place in this world for each and every young (or not so young) man and woman to grow and flourish as a professional.
Sometimes the highway isn’t as clearly marked as we might like. But it’s there.
The one consistent message in my conversations with students who either on purpose or accidentally walk into my office is that “you’re at a point now where you have to start making some decisions that will play a big part in the direction that your life will take after graduation.”
I talk and write a LOT about calling on the advice and counsel of others…friends, family, teachers…who can share with you their perceptions and experiences in an effort to help you make some serious decisions.
If you haven’t figured this out yet, I can assure you that no two people experience life the same way. There may be similarities. But it won’t be exactly the same.
So it falls on you as the one starting out on this amazing adventure to take charge of your life’s direction and make the contacts…ask the questions…weigh your options…and move ahead.
Recognize from the start that you might switch lanes on your career highway. You’ll be learning things as you travel along, and you just might discover that another highway gets you where you want to be.
You learn from each adventure, and you make life-changing decision based on each individual experience as well as from the sum of all those experiences.
I’ve switched career paths four times myself…from civil engineering novice to English teacher to public relations professional to public relations professor…and each one of them rang the right bells at the moment.
In my case, public relations has turned out to be the right place for me, and teaching the next generation(s) of public relations professionals is the right place to close out my “official” working life (Take note: I didn’t say the “retire” word…just ratcheting back on my activities a smidge!).
The satisfying part of this adventure is that I can and will look back on my life and my career with satisfaction and, to borrow a bit from “Fiddler Jones,” “Not a single regret.”
Here’s hoping you will be able to say the same!