Your Career and You: “One Hell of a Ride”

Publication1This past Friday was a tough one for me. I don’t think anyone noticed at all, but it was.

First of all, it was (for my classes) the last formal teaching interaction I will have with Curry College students.

Second, it was my last Awards Ceremony in which I was able to recognize a young man or woman for having fully embraced the idea of public relations as his or her career and for having accomplished more than any sane person could be expected to accomplish in four seemingly lightning-fast years.

I found myself, throughout the day, talking with students about this coming fall semester and then catching myself and saying, “But you’re not going to be here to do that, Kirk.”

The (albeit temporary) good news is that a good friend and proven PR pro, Kirsten Whitten, will take my place teaching the “Principles of PR” and “Publicity Techniques” courses as well as serve as adviser for the Curry College Public Relations Student Association.

The not-so-good news is that I’m not sure what will happen to the PR Concentration. We (the Curry students who have drunk the “PR Kool-Aid” and I) have built a pretty decent program with a solid track record of troops graduating and going into some very cool jobs. Let’s hope my replacement will keep the momentum going.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every single day of the 13-plus years that I’ve been teaching at Curry.

I’ve made some good friends among the staff, faculty, and other employees…trust me…there are some awesome people working at Curry! And, for the 80-bazillionth time, I will say I am walking away with a goodly number of friends/former students from whom I take great delight in hearing their own love for what they’re doing.

Let me be clear. Curry College students are no different from college students anywhere. They’re not perfect. Not every single one is cut out to be a superstar. But each, in his or her own special way, is destined to achieve something.

That “something” may not be clear yet…remember…it took me nearly eight years to figure out that public relations was where I belonged.

And the irony of it is that I am closing out my 40-plus years as a working professional doing exactly what I said 40-plus years ago I wanted to be doing…only it’s in a profession I had never heard of some 40 years ago!

So there you have it. I’m on the next-to-last page of this chapter in the book of my life. I have no clue what’s next, but, if the past 40 years are any indication, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!

So stay tuned!


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.
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4 Responses to Your Career and You: “One Hell of a Ride”

  1. Howie Sholkin says:

    Kirk, your positive impact on the profession was multiplied many times over at Curry than perhaps any other stop in your professional life. How many more important jobs are there than to help educate, guide, and encourage students before they enter “the real world.?” This activity will outlast any number of news releases, story placements, digital marketing, or whatever else is or will fall under the PR umbrella. I wish you the best on your next adventure.


  2. Roger Bridgeman says:

    Kirk, you’ve been a sage and mentor to so many budding professionals over the years. You deserve the time and well-earned vantage to now look at the ever-widening role you’ve had in advancing the profession through the thousands of students you have given so much to.


    • kirkhazlett says:

      Roger, I am sooo sorry. I have no idea how I managed to miss your kind comment. You set the standard for ME, my friend, back in the mid-80s when you so generously supported my “Treat a Student to Lunch” efforts for PRSA Boston. You always stepped up and sponsored a table. Thanks for all that YOU have done!


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