Congratulations, you’ve graduated, have wowed an employer with your resume and interview, and are now a new PR professional. It’s a lot adjusting from college schedules to a five-day-a-week schedule where you have to be on your game for at least seven hours a day. In addition to adjusting to the lifestyle change and learning how to apply what you learned in school, as a young PR professional you need to find the time to develop and grow your career.
Here are a few tips to consider:
- Get involved with the local professional association. There are many different professional associations like Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), among others, that give young professionals the opportunity to meet seasoned pros both in their region and nationally as well as provide the opportunity to volunteer on committees with other PR professionals.
- Find a career mentor. Seek out a seasoned professional and build and cultivate a relationship with them. This relationship gives you the opportunity to go to them for advice and learn more about the profession from someone who understands the industry.
- Cultivate your personal social media. As a PR professional, social media is something we deal with on a daily basis for clients, but it’s also good to focus on your own social assets. Don’t try to create a professional identity in all the mediums at once. Choose one or two that you feel will best position you.
- Ask to work on projects you are interested in or that you haven’t experienced. If there is a project that you can help with and are interested in expanding your experience, say something. Position your interest not only as a learning opportunity for you, but also as a way to help the team with the project while growing your experience and knowledge for future projects.
As you start out on your PR career path, hopefully these tips will help you continue to learn and attain your professional goals.
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This post was written by Veronica Mikitka Reed