Changing from the school teaching environment highlights a lot of areas of your character that you don’t really notice had improved. Moving on from days being called ‘Sir’ or ‘Mister’, here is how my time spent working in a primary school geared me for a new career in the world of PR:
Over the course of a term, you will need to communicate with people of all ages and I think that is probably the first skill that has helped while working in PR. Communicating with someone’s mum and dad at a parents’ evening or helping a group of five seven-year-olds on how they can sound out new words requires a different tone in language and delivery.
That skill of being able to tailor a message in a different way depending on who is receiving it has helped smooth the transition to PR. Sending emails, calling journalists and client-facing meetings all require a different style of speaking. The ability to deliver varied messages to different audiences is key in the school environment and extremely valuable in PR.
To most who don’t work in teaching, it might come across like a breeze with plenty of time off. However, the planning and organisation that goes on behind the scenes is a lot of work and key to delivering quality classes to the 30 children who depend on you. Those skills cross over into PR where work doesn't happen on a whim and actions are planned out thoroughly. In any job, there are hiccups even when things are planned. Whatever the age, it’s all about good people management. Devising a plan and using it is a skill that helps in the school environment as well as in PR.
The Youthful Mind
In the ever-evolving world of PR, it is key to stay on top of new trends and things that are happening in the world. It’s key to have a mindset that doesn't get stuck in old ways.
Working with children is the perfect antidote for this. No matter how much you think you know, sharing wisdom and information with children reminds you of the power of an inquisitive mind. Question everything. See how they can be different or work better.
Children bring that energy and being surrounded by them for five years ingrained that mindset in me. Not getting stuck in old ways and doing things that are fresh and exciting is part of the fabric of PR. It’s a really good thing to know that teaching the next generation has helped propel my journey into PR, especially here at Mash.
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