As long as I can remember I was the child to go up to random people and start a conversation. I was known to make friends in the park, at school, even the doctors office or a grocery store. At 3 years old I went up to a woman and said "I can't talk to strangers.... so you aren't a stranger right?" In every neighborhood I ever lived in I was making new friends, and talking to every person walking down the street. This was just me. I love people, I love talking to people, dealing with people, and knowing why people act how they act.
When I chose my college major I only used that last sentence to pick my major. i jumped into Psychology wanted to know why people did what they did... and that first class drove me out of my mind. My sanity during that first semester was my public speaking class. That class made me happy. I loved researching for my papers, and I received an insane amount of adrenaline and passion as I stood in front of a classroom full of people spilling my words to waiting ears.
It took me no time to sit down and research communication careers before I found one that caught my attention unlike many of the others. Public Relations, as defined by PRSA is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics." It wasn't a definition that I had heard before, but it was one that interested me.
Public relations has allowed me to talk to, deal with, and know how people act. The amount of research that goes into zoning in on a target public has such depth to it. I've found that I love to do research, I love to know why and how. That played a huge role in choosing the field that I have fallen in love with.
I have always been a person whose mind jumps from task to task, and have never wanted to have to sit at a desk for the rest of my life. The PR field allows me to have the versatility to be inside or outside, and to have many different projects to complete at once. For some, that could be extremely overwhelming, but to me the fast paced lifestyle of public relations is exciting. It keeps my blood racing, and never allows me to get bored. I love having to meet a deadline with quality work. It pushes you. Public relations is a field that continues to push you and will forever change.
The communication aspect of the field initially drew me in. Communicating in every aspect. My undergraduate courses in communication were never boring to me, and I never found myself not wanting to go to class. I loved learning about the different forms of communication and communication styles. I loved the different writing styles. Crisis communication and social media theory were my favorite courses hands down. They really put into perspective what I wanted to do with my life. Social media and traditional media have done so much for the business world and it has to be handled just right and being taught how to do that and having first hand experience is exciting.
I fell in love with that ever changing aspect of the field. The field can never be the same because the people are not the same. Depending on what type of people you are working with will depend on the ways you would handle it. Public relations is so much more than what meets the eye and that's something that a lot of other industries wouldn't offer to me.
Variety keeps you on edge, it keeps you interested in what you're doing. It plays a role in public relations that doesn't fail. Every company has to have someone who can deal with those issues. They must be able to handle crises as they come, handle customer complaints successfully, be able to communicate through the media, and know what is and isn't okay. This varies by company on what type of way that will be done and that variety allows the career to lead you anywhere.
People make the world go round. The types of people, what they like, how they like to dress, where they like to go, the way they talk, where they're from, how old they are.... matter. Public relations is the perfect field to have an exciting, rewarding, and passionate career. That is why I chose it.