Over the years - including my own personal experience - I have come across promising PR practitioners and passionate young communicators, who as part of their induction into the industry, push hard to master one or two aspects of PR, with the hope that this would stand them in good stead for recognition and promotion.
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All fair and good enough until a fellow young colleague surpasses them and they are still left in the same role, doing the same task as good as they can.
I have done it myself and witnessed this among my younger peers, who fail to see the greater good that lies in them, due to an integral understanding of how to increase their skills expertise. The biggest detractor being: "I am just going to stay in my lane. I am going to do the best that I can in only what I am supposed to do."
Follow the yellow brick road
Despite the kudos that goes out to junior PR practitioners doing this, I can with confidence say that staying in one's lane leads to one path – a passion-less, unfulfilled, dead-end profession.
Why? Because in any industry – but more so – in the communications industry being a 'Jack' or 'Jane' of all trades is the new master of multi-exposing (self-descriptor to explain exposing oneself to the acquisition of many skills to advance within an industry, trade or career path) oneself.
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Break that mindset and grab a hold of as many opportunities that present itself to you.
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Courtesy of over 21 years of successful experience in the media, PR and marketing industry, Prinella Pillay is a seasoned PR and Communications specialist. Priding herself in mapping innovative communication programmes and delivering results-driven brand messaging and development, she has effectively contributed to leading blue chip corporates within the FMCG, Retail, Motoring and Finance industries.
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