Whether it’s as simple as jotting down your daily priorities on a Post-It note so you don’t lose sight of deadlines, keeping your diary updated to manage your relentless meetings or keeping your emails filed, find what admin hacks work for you.
Work not only as a PR, but also as your own PA.
Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk
Whilst you might get caught up in work, work, work, work – get up from your desk, walk over to your colleague that you were just about to email and ask them in person. As public relations practitioners, we can often be so absorbed with managing external communications that we can forget how to communicate in person with our colleagues.
Not only are you building stronger relationships with your wider team, which you’ll depend on when the going gets tough, you’re saving yourself and that person that extra email nestled amongst the hundreds of others.
It also nurtures a happier working environment. Go on, go and say hello. If you don’t know that person very well, introduce yourself. What’s the worst thing that can happen?
Meet your new lecturers
You’ve stepped away from teachers for the first time in your life, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Most organisations will offer training and access to mentorships but don’t feel that it has to stop there – on the job learning is where it’s at!
It may be as informal as taking a few minutes listening to someone on your team pitch in a difficult story and absorbing how he or she deals with any media push back, or asking your boss for their perspective on an issue you’ve encountered.
If there is a successful account or project that you’re not assigned to that’s caught your eye, ask a member of that team to have a coffee and talk you through the campaign. Typically, those working in public relations are sociable, approachable and happy to help.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint
Walking out of that graduation ceremony, it can sometimes feel that an imaginary starter gun has been fired. As your peers all set off on their different career paths, just be mindful that progression will vary between agencies and companies, and also for each graduate.
Don’t beat yourself up that someone in your class may secure their graduate job ahead of you or that they seem to be climbing up the comms ladder at lightning speed; focus on your own experience and set yourself personal goals with your manager that are realistic enough to be a achievable, yet enough of a stretch to be challenging.
It may seem obvious, but everyone’s experiences will be different; if you start out with a positive attitude and are eager to learn, it’s likely that you will enjoy a long a prosperous career within this colourful industry.
Emma Jane Edwards is a senior account manager at Weber Shandwick. This article first appeared as a guest post on Mumbrella.