Today, I stumbled upon a post on Ragan’s Health Care Communication News by Danny Rubin that resonated with me, so I thought I would take a few minutes to share with fellow PR professionals in their 20s.
A few of the important points in “25 things every young professional should know by 25” are:
19. “Multitasking is great, but some moments require your undivided attention.”
Social media is very likely a part of your job. You might even manage your company’s Facebook and Twitter pages, but save the personal side of the social networking sites for your lunch break or when you get home. Or if you’re in a meeting with your team, don’t be typing away willy- nilly on your phone answering an email. Focus on the tasks at hand so you can do your best work.
14. “Even though college is over, you should still find extracurricular activities. Among many reasons, clubs and organizations are terrific places to network.”
Organizations are where I have made both contacts in the field, and new friends at the same time. They’re a great place to meet people to bounce ideas off of, and connect with people who understand and enjoy a lot of the same things you do.
11. “The ability to follow through on assignments can take you from a 25-year-old newbie to an essential team member.”
It’s great to have a “can-do” attitude, but make sure that you are actually able to follow through on what you’ve promised. If my boss asked me to solve a complicated trigonometry question, I’d first check that she was feeling okay, then I would politely let her know I wasn’t sure if I’d be the best team member to handle that for her.
9. “Bring a lunch to work. It’s healthier and cheaper than eating out.”
After being spoiled by being able to walk home to each lunch every day at my first job out of grad school, I began my career at News Generation by grabbing lunch out most days. I quickly learned I felt better, and my wallet felt heavier when I began bringing my lunch with me, and it only takes about ten minutes to put it together the night before.
5. “To impress older business associates, ask about their career paths. You may also learn a thing or two.”
Ask your manager or boss if you can grab coffee one Friday afternoon, and make sure to tell them why. If they’re a good mentor, they will happily take a few minutes to share their path with you, and offer you career advice they wished they knew when they were 25.
2. “The only failure in your 20s is inaction. Everything else is trial and error.”
Put yourself out there. Nothing will just fall in your lap. Want a new job with a company that’s not currently hiring? Drop off your resume, portfolio, and a personal letter to the manager explaining why you would be a good fit on their team. Who knows, maybe when they do have an opening a few months later you will have already made an impression. That’s how I ended up sitting at my desk typing this blog entry right now.
1. “You’re halfway through the most formative decade of your life. You don’t need all the answers, but you must keep asking questions. Start with this one: What’s something new I can learn right now?”
I must have read “You’re halfway through the most formative decade of your life” twelve times; that’s how much it struck me. It’s often easy to get caught up and overwhelmed, between your personal life, your work, and your outside commitments – but I’m certainly going to keep this in mind. So here I am holding myself accountable to learning as much as I can in the next five…