[Today’s post is brought to you by Sarah Lovingood, one of our fantastic interns in her last week at Kidd PR!]
In today’s economy, college grads are facing fierce competition when entering the work force. With seasoned professionals hanging around a few more years before retirement and the tight budget constraints of many businesses, young professionals must find a way to stand out in the sea of hopeful faces.
As a senior at FSU with just one just short week left of my last fall semester, I find myself in this very situation. The anxiety of the ever looming “G” day has many wishing they could run as fast as they can in the opposite direction. Not to mention the ever-present “What are you going to do with your life?” questions from nosey family members at the Thanksgiving dinner table. However, in the midst of all the chaos I feel surprisingly calm. I’m not only ready for the next step, but feel prepared and confident in my abilities to begin a career.
I know what you’re thinking… there is no way a 22 year old college student has no reservations about being catapulted into reality in just a few short months. I’ll be honest; this feeling of preparedness was not always there. If you were to ask me a couple years ago how I felt about graduating I would have told you that I can’t talk now, I’m late for my eighties workout social at Potbelly’s and will think about graduating when I’m a senior. Funny how time flies when you’re having fun. In the blink of an eye I now have less than six months before I am no longer allowed to wear leg warmers and crimped hair on a week night with no judgment.
However, in these three and a half short years I have found that the key to feeling prepared for life after graduation is to get hands on experience while in college. Interning with Kidd Public Relations has been an extremely valuable learning experience for me. By surrounding myself with PR professionals I was not only able to hone my communication and writing skills, but more importantly I have learned what it means to be a valuable employee of a company. I have been able to learn from the example set by my mentors here and now know how to conduct myself in professional situations, communicate effectively with clients and co-workers and prioritize my time wisely. So as I sit at my desk on the last day of my internship I can honestly say yes, I am ready for the real world.