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When Will I Be “Old Enough”?

31 Aug

Isn’t that a perpetual question in life?

“When will I be old enough to see a PG-13 movie?”

“When will I be old enough to drive?”

“When will I be old enough to vote?”

“When will I be old enough to drink?”

Well, I’m at another ‘when will I be old enough’ point, only this time there is no definite number that can answer that question. This is where you come in.

I’ve been at my job for almost six months now, and I’ve earned the respect of my co-workers, and slowly, the respect of others in my industry. I know I’m still a young professional, and I would never deny that I still have much to learn, but when I’m asked something and find a definite flaw, when will my suggestion be considered valid? When will I be old enough for my opinion to count?

I’m going to try to be as nondescript as possible about this scenario, but I need you to understand. I was asked to proof a PR piece today that was not written by me. According to what I was taught just a couple short years ago in college, there were more mistakes than I cared to count.  I mean.. if I had submitted that to a professor, it would have come back to me looking like this:

I know that this PR piece was written by an older professional, and I know that if I were to mark the hell out of it, my opinion would be snubbed. So what’s a girl to do?

When will I be old, or maybe, experienced enough, before my opinion counts?

Networking WORKS

22 Apr

Last year as a sophomore, I had the privilege of attending the 2008 Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America Pace Awards. I was sponsored by my chapter to attend and showed up early to help with set up. I did not receive any awards, or make any outstanding impressions, but I did quietly sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. As a sophomore, it was very overwhelming and I was not yet comfortable with approaching PR professionals.

This year, my junior year and also my last year being able to attend the Pace Awards as a student, my story is quite different. I am going to be graduating early in December of 2009 rather than expected May 2010. I didn’t try to graduate early, but credit wise it worked out that way and I don’t mind not paying another semester of tuition.

This year, I had the opportunity to meet some of the planning committee such as James Roney, Boys Scouts of America; Josh Hovey, Rossman Public Relations; Christina Jackson, Pace & Partners; and Melody Kindraka, Michigan State Police among others whom I have met in passing before. This time, I know names, faces, places of business and what they do. I also sat by Denise Donohue with the Michigan Apple Committee and realized what a small world it is and that I know some of her family members.

I didn’t receive an award, a fancy plaque, or any big recognition to make me stand out of the crowd but what I did receive is much more valuable. I began to build relationships, or better known in the PR field, I networked. I’ve been to CMPRSA breakfasts, awards ceremonies, and many meetings where I sat in the back and watched. Today I successfully made impressions.

I think that students hear a lot of talk about the need to network but very few actually have the initial courage to do so. It took me awhile to come around to networking and I wish I hadn’t waited so long. Students: put yourself in situations where you can network, and DO IT! I had a great time at the 2009 Pace Awards, met quite a few wonderful people and hope to attend next year as a graduated PR Professional!

Congratulations to all award winners this year and special congrats to PRSSA’s Professional Advisor, Kelly Rossman for Rossman Public Relations winning Best of Show!