By: Sarah Moorman, Account Associate
The older I get, the more often I find myself looking back on my childhood and realizing that elementary school days — the ones when we were “forced” to take a nap — were the easiest days of our lives. No one spent time stressing about school and classes, or whether or not they’d be able to pass all three upcoming exams within the next 24 hours. Not once did the thought of a “summer job” — nor anything remotely similar for that matter — come to mind, and the thought of internships were unheard of. Sadly enough, these days are over. We are living in the most crucial time in our lives and the choices we make now will undoubtedly have the strongest impact later on in life.
My sophomore year at MSU has been a completely different experience than my freshman year. Personally, sophomore initiated the questions of “So Sarah, what exactly do you want to do with a specialization in public relations?” This stressed me out to no extent because I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with PR, and more importantly I had no idea how to position myself in the field. I wasn’t aware of the invaluable resources that were soon to be at my fingertips until I did a little bit of homework.
Joining PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) at MSU has been immensely beneficial, and I highly encourage anyone looking to pursue a career in public relations to join. The tips and resources I’ve gained from this chapter — even after being a member for only two semesters — are things I could have never gained from the classroom. PRSSA provided networking opportunities and demonstrated how imperative this skill is public relations world. Before long, I was introduced to the prosperous world of LinkedIn, where I’ve been able to connect with old contacts, as well as reach out to new connections in the PR field.
About half way through this past semester, I was fortunate enough to join Hubbell Connections. For a lack of a better word, I was totally amped, as I had been missing that dreaded piece of experience that employers say you need. Although I’m fairly new to Hubbell Connections, I’m beginning to notice the start of a new skill set, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings with this position.
- Don’t panic. Spend a quick 20 minutes every day making a list of the things you need to do, and I assure you, you’ll get more done than you thought possible.When I reflect on this priceless year, I think about the many lessons I’ve graciously learned. I hope they can be of value to you and you’re chosen path.
- Join. Join clubs that interest you, especially ones that are in your particular field of choice and take advantage of the undergraduate advisors that are there to assist you in your academic and career journey.
- Volunteer. Not only is volunteering rewarding for the sake of self-gratification — in addition to helping the community — but it also looks great on your resume.
- Don’t sell yourself short. Look at everything you’ve done (activities, side jobs and volunteering) and assess what you have learned through each experience to see if it’s worthy of quality resume space.
- NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! When people tell you networking is a crucial — especially in PR — they aren’t kidding, so stay connected and maintain relationships with people you meet along the way.