5 reasons I’m thankful to work in public relations
In 2014, Forbes released a list of the top 10 most stressful jobs, and public relations slid in at a shocking #6, right there alongside military personnel, firefighter and police officer. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t exactly rank my job in line with those fighting for our freedom on enemy lines or running into burning buildings to save lives. I’ve been in some fiery meetings, but at the end of the day, loss of life is far from my mind on a typical work day.
To make my case a little more clear, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I started brainstorming reasons I’m thankful that I work in PR. There are many more to add to the list – but here’s what I’d consider to be my top 5.
5. Teamwork is a requirement. Growing up as a competitive volleyball player, I have always valued the ability to work together as a team to reach a common goal. I’m thankful that I am able to learn from my co-workers and supervisors on a daily basis through active brainstorming and collaboration.
4. I am forced to think strategically and creatively – everyday. Whether it’s a social media content strategy, media pitch or event logistics, I’m constantly being stretched to come up with new ideas for our clients. I am pushed on a daily basis to use my creativity.
3. There are some pretty neat events involved. Seeing the country from the perspective of 200 motorcyclists, learning the in’s and out’s of homebuilding in Vegas, soaking in the best strategies and tactics of PR experts from around the country at the PRSA International Conference – to name a few.
2. Relationships are rewarding. Results come through relationships, and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the fruits of your labor (i.e. relationship building) come to be something larger than what you anticipated – whether that’s with a fashion blogger (bonus) video or feature story from a local editor.
1. There’s never a dull moment. From family footwear to innovative lighting – and everything in between – each day is different, but always moving, and always exciting.
For you PR pros out there – what are the reasons you are thankful to by in this field?