This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving and (hopefully) spent some time thinking about what we’re thankful for. Family, friends, opportunities, and health top most of our lists; for me, I’m also thankful I’m a teacher.
More specifically, I’m thankful that I teach public relations because I can’t think of another subject that would allow a person to teach such a diversity of skills and career options. PR practitioners can apply their abilities to any environment in any type of business setting any place in the world.
In which other profession can a person write a speech, a blog and social media posts multiple times each day? Where else can one plan an event — selecting venues, choosing menus, hiring entertainment, finding sponsors, and notifying honorees–and when it’s done start all over again? What job allows one to write press releases, pitch reporters, create scripts, produce videos and podcasts, book interviews, and be interviewed? Where else can you lobby lawmakers, stage public hearings, create informative articles, and witness the results and benefits of your efforts? And which profession takes socializing, networking, collaboration, recognition, and celebrations to such a high level? The answer is PR.
On my side of the profession is the pride teachers feel when seeing their students succeed. Recently, a dozen PR alumni came back to campus for the Hofstra PRSSA’s Annual Networking Dinner as professionals, mentoring about 90 current students on how to find internships and begin careers in public relations. They’ve established themselves in major Manhattan and Long Island-based agencies and firms, and have each become PR superstars.
My former student and now good friend Annik Spencer just posted on CooperKatz’s corporate blog titled, “Six Things PR Professionals Are Thankful For.” Annik reflected on how winning clients, successful media placements, making connections, and working with “amazing” people has made her grateful she’s chosen this profession. I agree. After a long PR career, I can teach a thrilling diversity of topics while watching former students thrive as professionals. For this, I’m very thankful. What were you grateful for this Thanksgiving? Your thoughts?