Friday I was able to attend the University of Tennessee's version of PRofessional CONNECTION: PR Day 2010. Being from Knoxville, I am very interested in the PR opportunities there, and was excited to see how UT's PRSSA chapter held the event in comparison to us.
The accumulation of conferences I have attended this year have not only built my professional network, but has begun to straighten the path of my future. Friday's experience was no exception. Some examples:
- I first heard about PR Day in Washington D.C. at PRSSA's National Conference from Mary Beth West, principle practitioner of Mary Beth West Consulting. She was supposed to be a panelist at the event, and encouraged me to look into attending.
- Gary McCormick, PRSA Chair and director at Scripps Network (a.k.a. my dream job location), was also a primary speaker at PR Day. I had been hoping to set up an informational interview with Scripps when I went home for the holidays...
- Luckily, our PRSSA Professional Advisor Neil Hirsch knew Mr. McCormick, and sent him an email last week introducing me. We were able to correspond through email, and meet face-to-face Friday.
I think it is fairly obvious that my career path is starting to take shape through the networking examples. While I may not know exactly where I will end up, I am starting to get an idea of the sectors of PR I think I like best, and would best succeed.
This being said, I am definitely keeping an open mind about my options! Check out my quick video introducing PR Day... Yup, I've become that nerdy girl trying out video blogs!!