A Little Space, Please.

We’ve all heard of “helicopter parents”, those parents who can’t seem to let their children do anything fully on their own — the one’s who try to have control over every little aspect of their children’s life.

This issue used to only be prevalent in the classroom as kids, but in the past few years helicopter parents have been making appearances on college campuses. If that weren’t enough, an article this week on NPR, exposes that helicopter parents are now following their children to work!

According to the article, “Helicopter Parents Hover in the Workplace“, more and more parents are having an alarmingly prevalent presence in the office. The article states that parents have become so involved that some have phoned into the human resources department to advocate on their child’s behalf.

The point made in the article that really stood out to me was one made by a boss who said that “those types of interventions [those of parents] can backfire, it definitely does not show great leadership or decision – making skills”.

I found this article somewhat shocking because I couldn’t believe that parents went as far as to do this. An integral part of growing up is gaining independence and learning how to manage it, although helicopter parents might mean well, they’re actions are actually counteractive.

Pin that Interest!

Admittedly, I am an avid Pinterest user. Although, I avoided joining for as long as I could. But once you start pinning, you never really stop.

Pinterest has gained popularity like wildfire, almost everyone I know has a Pinterest and is a big fan. It’s a virtual idea board, where other people’s ideas are on the tip of your fingertips. It’s a giant sharing network, where people can view the ideas, tastes, preferences and styles of all their friends and even some strangers.

The range of content on Pinterest is also mind blowing. Everything from recipes, to DIY face masks, to photos of foreign countries, to pictures of pets is on Pinterest. The amount of content available would take an individual years to collect, but instead, there it is, all right in front of you.

This week on TechCrunch‘s website, they reported that Pinterest had hit a record high 11.7 million individual visitors this month. According to the research of comScore, “Pinterest would be the fastest site of any kind to hit 10 million monthly uniques in the U.S.”. This research shows how content sharing is one of the more activities. Take a look at the introduction and now prevalence of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and FourSquare.

Although I held out on Pinterest for a while, I am glad to say I joined!

Ms. Know-it-All

Recently, on PR Couture, a book advertised caught my eye. Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Breaking into Fashion PR was a focus on the site.

I am personally not aiming to work in the fashion PR world, but many of my friends are. The fashion world is a fast paced and tough field to place into. This book seems like just the thing for any PR student interested in entering the field.

The tagline of the book is, Transform Your Passion for Fashion Into a Successful Career. The summary provided by Amazon states that the book “is an information-dense, fun-to-read adventure through the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of public relations in the fashion industry. Written particularly for those just getting started (public relations undergraduates, entry-level practitioners), Ready to Launch is the only career guide tailored specifically for aspiring fashion PR professionals. A definite must-read for anyone considering a career in fashion PR, marketing or a related field, the book charts the course from education to internships and interviews, touching on personal branding, reputation management and setting a long-term career vision for ongoing success”.

Although I am not a fashion focused PR student myself, I might read this just because it seems full of good tips and beneficial information, useless for PR in general. As the focus of my blog is to seek and provide what I can for girls like myself, I found this book especially fitting. No matter where you go, a little advice and direction can never hurt.

I’ll Try My Best

In close to relation to last week’s post about the handbook to PR, an article on linky love followed closely. Recently, Ragan’s PR Daily posted an article titled, “10 Ways to be a Dream PR Intern“. I personally, would like to send a large shout out to the person behind this list, we newbies in PR appreciate you.

The best and most useful aspect of this list is that they are recommending you do things that are easily within reach. The tips simply advise you to be an honest, diligent, hard worker who will provide a lot to the team and whose presence will be noted in a positive way — no one ever needs a useless and rude intern. Luckily for me, good manners are what I was brought up with and I am no a consistent and avid user of them. But, what this article did make me realize is how imperative manners are in the work place — especially as an intern.

No matter how hard your day might seem at your internship, chances are, your bosses day is 5 times harder. So by being perky, helpful and useful, your positivity radiates through out the office which helps to boosts your co-workers day.

And as an intern, never forget that you are still an intern. Yes, maybe you have scored a great internship, but always be modest, and never toot your own horn in the office. Your co – workers and boss have given you a tremendous opportunity and you are there more than anything, to learn.