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A Masters in Public Relations: Why did you do it?

image-86“There is no certainty; there is only adventure.” – Roberto Assagioli

It’s a question I get asked on a regular basis: “Why did you go to graduate school for
public relations?” I figure with the amount of inquiries I get related to this topic, it should really just turn into a blog post. So – voilà!

Many of you know that PR is one of those fields where practical experience is vital to the
industry. In order to truly understand the day-to-day work of the job, you have to immerse yourself in it. Seasoned professionals will tell you they got to where they are through hands-on experience, hard work, and learning from their mistakes. The thought process then usually jumps to the conclusion that it’s better to seek out an internship over heading back to the
classroom for another few years. But, “which option should I choose?” still lingers on the mind of many soon-to-be grads.

Let me start by saying, this debate isn’t about which option is the better choice. The real debate is asking yourself: which option is best FOR ME? There are always going to be pros and cons
associated with either decision. It’s not an answer that you will get from an honest blog post. The true factor in determining what’s the better option is figuring out what your logical next step is going to be.

There are merits in both decisions. Seeking out an internship after you graduate can be
valuable work experience. It shows you are ready to learn more about the field, and
truly get a sense of how the industry works. On the other hand, graduate school offers
you an in-depth look at how the field has evolved, and where it’s headed. As well, graduate school offers you the opportunity to refine the skills needed for the job so you can put them into practice in the real world. In the words of Oscar Wilde, You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Don’t ever be discouraged about learning more. The decision to gain more
education will never be a bad option.

Again, the true answer to this question won’t lie in the advice of a blog post. I came to my
decision by reflecting on what I thought was best for me at that time. Since I was
graduating with practical experience in the field already, I saw this as an opportunity to learn more about the industry. It was a chance for me to learn more about why the industry exists, and how it’s constantly changing. At the end of the day, nobody can make this decision for you. Take the time to lie out your options, and evaluate where you are in your career. Throw away questions like: “Which looks better on a resume?” or “Is it worth it?”

Start asking yourself, “What is the best decision for me right now in my career?” You have the power to make the decision for yourself; you just have to trust that the decision you make will be the one that is meant to be.

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Think Before You Speak


Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.” - Miguel Ángel Ruiz

“Think Before You Speak”

It’s a phrase that has been used over and over again in various contexts. One that serves as a gentle reminder to put thought into your vocabulary and everyday utterances. I was going to save this idea for a tweet after numerous experiences of open dialogue on public transit.
However, I couldn’t seem to simplify my thoughts into 140 characters. Alas, this post was born.

I’m talking business. Or rather, I’m suggesting for you not to discuss business (publicly,
anyways). As I sit in the subway car, patiently awaiting my destination, I’m struck by the amount of loud, public conversations about horrible bosses and employees that are happening around me. I know as soon as the dialogue gets more in-depth that these are all perfect examples of how to ruin your career. Everyday I’m amazed at how many people openly discuss the details of their Devil-Wears-Prada like careers with the whole world.

Whether you’re at a bar for happy hour, complaining about how your colleague is a backstabber trying to get you fired, or how your boss is a control freak who needs to take a vacation, you never know who is listening. The girl standing next to you could be your boss’s daughter. The man sitting behind you could in fact be the owner of the firm you work at, you’ve just never met him. After your 15-minute post-work rant on Friday afternoon, let me ask you this: do you have a job on Monday morning? Probably not.

This post isn’t meant to criticize or judge anyone that has needed to let out some frustration to another caring individual willing to listen. Rightfully, you are entitled to your own opinions.
However, it is a gentle reminder to be aware of your surroundings. There is a time and a place to discuss these matters, and public isn’t one of them. While these things might be true, be mindful of the fact that these could, essentially, get back to your place of employment and
destroy your career. Try to make a habit of waiting until you are back home to let out your frustrations.

This also applies to discussions regarding financial matters of the company you work for. Most of the information you’re divulging in public might in fact be confidential. This idea aligns itself with “think before you tweet.” The same principle applies. Before you openly discuss matters that could in fact be controversial, think about whom your audience is, and whether or not you want to jeopardize the career you’ve built.

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