Two years ago this month, I officially began my full time public relations career. I had just graduated from Michigan State University and made the move from my dorm in East Lansing to, well, a similarly sized studio apartment in Chicago.
In making this transition from student to professional, I realized how dramatic the change was. While my living space remained the same (hey, no one ever said entry level public relations professionals make a lot of money), a lot of other things changed in my life. Exploring a new city, meeting new people and even just trying to take the train home can add to the stress of trying to keep up with a full-time job.
With all of these life changes, one thing was pretty consistent for me: continuing in my professional development pursuit.
Even though I was still only starting to figure out my new life in Chicago, I knew I needed to transition from PRSSA to PRSA. As it turns out, it has helped me advance in my career for the past two years and I’m glad I stayed involved.
If you just graduated, chances are you’re now beginning a job or internship, or looking for that first post-graduation position. No matter which category you fall into, membership in PRSA can help you out. As starting a PRSA membership has a bit different process than you may have been used to paying your PRSSA dues, here’s a breakdown of the different types of membership offered:
When considering these different membership options, keep in mind that only by investing in your career and your professional development can you make the most out of them. Simply paying your dues won’t get you a promotion – but advancing your career by getting involved in PRSA and striving for leadership positions can help pivot you for success .
Nick Lucido is a senior account executive at Edelman Digital in Chicago. He served as PRSSA 2010-2011 National President and is active in PRSA as an executive committee member for the New Professionals Section. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @nicklucido.