A Tale of Two Sides

I started my PR certificate! I am already so excited for where this is going to lead! So far we’ve learned about communication plans, Google Analytics, media kits and social media. My inner nerd is shining and I can’t wait to get started on our first two assignments. The class is absolutely wonderful. 18 other amazing people with a diverse array of experiences and awesome stories to tell. I was so wow’ed during our first round of introductions. These people are super impressive and the PR industry is definitely in for a treat! Get ready!

leadership quote

 Image from dearlifeiloveyou on Instagram
(if you are looking for any source of inspiration, this is the account to follow!)

The experience of the last 4 months has really helped me define what I do and don’t like in the space of my career. Even so early on in the PR program, it is so fascinating to feel these realizations and being confident that, that is completely okay for me to feel. This is a glimpse into what I’ve thought about and learned over the last 4 months:

I LOVE:
-social media (super evident to me in class this week)
-to listen to people’s STORIES
-exploring in all sense of the word
-creating fun & engaging content
-challenges
-projects (I like the feeling of completing one thing and moving to the next)

I’m working on:
-speaking confidently
-creativity
-finding the next skill I want to develop (InDesign anyone?)

I really dislike:
-boredom
-repetitive tasks
-inefficiency
-working remotely as the ONLY option
-not feeling connected to my work

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the last 4 months is really that I need to be around people. Having the option to work remotely for the odd day or is really great. But I’m not sure I could do it long term. I’m really all about being efficient and find I am so much more so when I am stimulated with surroundings and conversations. It is interesting to see this written down and will be even better to look back upon, a few months into my career.

It is really exciting for me to say “into my career”. I am so excited by the prospects and for all the potential opportunities that lay in front of me. The structure that school has added back to my life was so needed. This kind of played into my realization of being more effective when surrounded by a stimulating environment.

Can’t wait to keep tracking my progress over the next 5-8 weeks!

Until next time…

3 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Sides

  1. Michelle says:

    Hey! I’m an SFU CMNS student and I noticed you just got certified with Hootsuite University! How did you find it? I plan on starting that this summer and I’m wondering how helpful you found it and how long it took you. I also didn’t know SFU had a PR certificate that’s only 9 weeks long, that’s definitely something that I’ll check out now.

    • runningwithsteph says:

      Hi Michelle! First off, thank you for reading my blog AND commenting! Super awesome of you!

      It was great. Super straightforward and very quick. If you can score a Hootsuite Pro promo code, or subscribe to a trial version, you’ll be able to complete it in no time. I powered through it in less than an hour. I had already been using Hootsuite, so I was quite familiar with a lot of the content lessons.

      I’m in week 2 of the PR certificate. And it has been great! They have information sessions periodically throughout the year to learn more about the program. I would definitely recommend checking one out, if you are interested. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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