I recently participated in the PRSA New Pros Brown Bag discussion “What PR Bosses Wish Their New PR Pros Would Do But Won’t Tell Them” led by Michael Smart.
Well, that’s not the case. The point Smart was really trying to drive home is not that your boss is keeping secrets and playing mind games to see how you react (at least most of them are not) . Rather, as a new pro, it is our responsibility to be proactive and not wait for our bosses to tell us what we should – or should not – be doing.
Of course, the “correct” way varies from person to person, agency to agency, boss to boss. During the course of our careers, we will meet micro-managers, macro-managers, supervisors for PR, supervisors that will never understand PR, coworkers we will butt heads with and those we will want to be our best friends. The first few years of your career will teach you how to deal with every walk of life and how to create your own identity.
Unfortunately for millennials – who now largely make up the young professional demographic – their identities have already been etched in many hiring managers’ and supervisors’ minds.
Millennials are known for acting privileged, misplacing priorities and all around feeling overqualified for many of the jobs available to them post-college. It’s a sad truth, but, according to Smart, it is the truth. He was recently a part of a human resources discussion in which “dealing with millennials” was addressed, citing these flaws.
While far from being fair, New Pros need to break this stereotype and show their bosses that they are the real deal. Some advice:
Lastly, if you have any concerns within your position, schedule a time to talk with your boss. Write down all your concerns, goals and ideas. Just be sure to be as quick and convenient as possible, accommodating others first.