By Edward M. Bury, APR, aka The PR Dude
Monday of this week, April 18, was significant in one particular way for me.
April 18 was the day income taxes were due to be filed. (Mine were filed in early March.) It also was the start of Holy Week. (I grew up Catholic but don’t practice much.) And, Passover started Monday at sundown. (See previous statement.)
Give up? Monday marked my sixth month in my great new position leading marketing and communications for a Chicago real estate association.
The big questions — “Is the job what you expected?” and “Are you enjoying the work, environment and colleagues?” — are certainly valid. And, for the record, the answers are “yes” and “yes.”
From another perspective, I envision my success in this phase of my career as the culmination of a goal I set way back in the fall of 2009. That’s when my previous job was eliminated and I had to throw myself into a serious search for a position that met my skills and salary requirements, and allowed me to grow as a professional and continue to work as a communicator.
Loyal readers know that the PRDude blog was driven by my desire to chronicle my search while commenting on public relations issues and topics. I hope I’ve shared some insight that will help others in the same position.
Posts from the past have addressed:
- The value of networking, and the amount of work involved in doing it right.
- The importance of staying positive, of finding “little victories” every day.
- The need to step back and find a little humor in life and the future.
- My creative side, with four installments of a short story I wrote entitled “Snapdragons in November.”
- What I learned about myself, the job market today and the public relations industry.
And, lots of other stuff.
Today, six months after I realize my goal, I remain grateful for having an opportunity to work in a profession that’s stimulating, evolving and full of new challenges. In the next six months, more challenges — both at work and through my volunteer duties promoting the Accreditation in Public Relations — will cross my desk.
I welcome them wholeheartedly.