Twitter is one of the many tools that students and professionals can use to brand themselves. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been told over and over again how to properly Tweet, when to RT and how to engage with professionals and other students through Twitter chats.
Well, those things are all well and good…and they’re important. But, something someone said to me recently got me thinking: how often are those rules really followed? It’s like being taught best practices in the classroom, but learning that something is done completely different in the real world.
Growing up, we all idolized somebody. Some of my friends idolized professional athletes like Michael Jordan or Shannon Miller. Some people idolized their older siblings or parents. For me, it was…and, OK, it still is…Britney Spears (I’m not ashamed!). These people, no matter who they were guided us through our teen years and helped shape us into the people we are.
Now, as future professionals, we should find someone to do the same for our careers. I’m talking about a mentor – a professional in the field who can help guide and nurture you as your education and career progresses.
So, how do you find a mentor? It is actually a fairly simple task. You may even already know them, but you may have to look around, too.
Do you ever need a quiet place to work?Somewhere away from home and away from life’s distractions? Or do you need to learn to avoid the distractions working from home can bring?
I know I do, especially when I have to work from home or have a huge assignment for class due.
I am easily distracted when I work from home because the ability to flip on the TV or get involved in a Netflix marathon is always at my fingertips.
But, I’ve discovered some places that help. And some tactics that help me, too. Hopefully, you’ll find them useful, too. Of course, sometimes working from home isn’t the best idea because of roommates, family or kids who are always interrupting.
So, where else can you work from?
Had I known what I know now, I would have started on my career path in high school. Of course, when I graduated high school in 2003, MySpace was just starting and Facebook hadn’t even been created. Twitter was still years away and iPhones? You were lucky if you had a cell phone, let alone a flip phone. And you definitely didn’t have a Blackberry. Without all of these innovative technologies, it’s hard for me to imagine creating a brand for myself. High schoolers today have it a lot easier with tools like Twitter, but it can also be a lot harder on them if they don’t know what to do or how to do it.
When you’re a student or a young professional, stress can really get to you. Stress from homework, internships, new jobs and other priorities can really make it hard to function during the day. We can be frazzled and snappy when stressed, and sometimes it can hurt our performance. We’ve all been there, right?How do you unwind after a long day of stress at school and work? I like to hit up the gym (or the running path). I know a lot of people who hate working out, and I used to be one of them. I thought it was tedious, unnecessary and messy.
And then I tried the Couch to 5K
program and fell in love…with more than just running! I fell in love with endorphins, being flexible and being less stressed during the day.
You can do it, too. Honestly!
So, you’re finished with all your PR classes. You’ve done plenty of internships for credit and you’re general education requirements are done, too. But, you still have a couple of electives left. What should you do?
This happened to me. Actually, it’s how I discovered my love for PR. You see, I have an undergraduate degree in history and political science. My final year of grad school, I took an intro to news writing course and fell in love. Then, I took intro to public relations as an elective the next semester and fell even more in love. And now, I’m nearly done with my master’s degree in communications.
Chances are you’ve already discovered your love for PR so you don’t have to take a PR class to find that love.
I’ve been struggling with writers block lately. For a lot longer than I’d like to admit, too. I’ve found that when the weather is gloomy and gray, it’s a lot harder to be inspired. But, now it’s spring (well, it’s supposed to be) and the sunshine is starting to come out. Hopefully the inspiration will start to flow again.
Regardless, I’ve spend the past week of my writer’s block trying to get out of this rut. And I’ve come to the conclusion that you just need to get your head in the game and weather shouldn’t have anything to do with inspiration, especially if you can find inspiration in other places.
I’ve wanted to work in the entertainment industry for as long as I can remember. I wanted to be a pop star when I was a kid until I realized I couldn’t sing or dance…so that wasn’t gonna happen. When I was a sophomore in college I wanted to go into entertainment law. And now, that I’ve found my calling in PR and social media, I want to do publicity for celebrities or the music industry.