Personal Note: Improving my Professional Life

As I sit here on my comfy sectional, I’m beginning to think of all the items on the to-do list for the summer.  My thought process is aided with some caffeine and Serge Gainsbourg’s “Melody” featuring a wide range of emotions expressed instrumentally through classic rock and orchestral strings.  His deep, mellow voice speaks to me even though I don’t understand any of the French that so eloquently floats off his lips.  Spring term is officially over for me tomorrow and I’m still waiting to hear if I’ve been accepted for the internship I’ve applied for.

It all started with a retweet (Twitter talk for reposting) from my PR instructor stating that GarageGames was looking for a Marketing / PR intern.  I asked my instructor if she though I had enough experience and she told me it couldn’t hurt to apply.  So, I did just that!  I applied about a month ago and made it through the various hurtles including emailing a resume, cover letter, and a sample of my writing in the form of three product descriptions and a press release.  I’ve played video games for over 20 years so figuring out how to describe a game was relatively simple.  The press release was different.  This term is my first in pre-journalism at the University of Oregon and I haven’t been shown how to create a press release, but throughout the term various people demonstrated some writing tips for press releases.  So, with their help and an Internet model, I created my own press release for GarageGames.  Apparently it was good enough because the next step was the interview.

I dressed as professionally as possible without over-doing it but now, when I look back on it, I feel like there could’ve been some better topics to touch upon that I missed.  I think almost everyone feels that way after an interview so I’m trying not to put myself down over it.  I had a brain-fart or two but hoped that my enthusiasm and openness in communication made up for it.  I left the interview feeling pretty good but haven’t heard anything and it’s going on a week-and-a-half since the interview.  Just because I haven’t heard anything doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped researching that company and other start-ups similar to it.

I recently just connected with an old associate that I communicated with occasionally when I first started as a Loud Rock Format Director at KWVA.  His name is Eric Peltier and he’s been really helpful in giving me tips on career finding.  He’s pretty much my idol when it comes to professionalism and I mean that!  So, I’ve been researching what tools PR professionals use and then proceed to get some experience with that tool way ahead of when I graduate.  I’ve also found some great books on PR and video games that I’m planning on reading over the summer.  That’s what real learning is to me.  Finding it for myself, just like the press release.

In short, keep your passions in your everyday life and never stop learning.  Just because something doesn’t go your way, it doesn’t mean you have to be down about it.  If anyone remarks on how you aren’t good enough for something, keep your head high and work harder at it.  If it’s something you’re passionate about, the outlook is good that you’re only going to improve!

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