Young pros must STOP

Since being a college sophomore, networking and seeking out advice from PR pros has come naturally to me. Today as a young professional, reaching out for suggestions and assistance from more seasoned industry leaders and resources is still something I’m comfortable with.

As a desire to learn more about and grow within the PR industry, I enjoy reading up on industry trends and professional development articles. A few days ago I read an article on PR Daily, a resource I’m learning from, about things young PR pros need to stop doing and thought it was on-point. After reading the 10 points the article outlines, two really hit home.

The article references that young professionals tend not to speak up and that they also accept existing processes. In not speaking up, you may be withholding the next brilliant client campaign that everyone loves. You would hurt your company and your client by not mentioning your idea.

By not accepting existing processes, you could have a more small-scale impact. If you have an idea that would improve your organization, why wouldn’t you vocalize it? It’s very possible others haven’t thought of executing a task the way you have.

To take the PR Daily article a step further, I thought some of the points could translate to how Arketi operates. From my time here, I’ve learned all employees are encouraged to be comfortable and start doing. Arketians very much believe that it’s important to go outside of your comfort zone and take challenges by the horns. When you’re challenging yourself, everyone can win.

I recommend young professionals just start doing. If you’re going outside of your comfort zone, you are learning new things and growing. Don’t worry about making mistakes, a mistake can become your biggest learning opportunity. Of the mistakes I’ve made, each has taught me something about myself or a situation that I have since done differently.

So, young pros, how do you feel about the 10 things article? Do you think anything is missing?

For the more seasoned professionals, what things do you see young pros doing that they need to stop immediately?

Feel free to share your thoughts below.

By Rachel Barclay – February 24, 2015

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