After hearing Professor Mollica speak at the last PRSSA meeting, I knew I wanted to write a blog sharing my thoughts. His speech about entering the world of communication was something that I clicked with me in particular. Since just a few months ago I wasn’t even sure if communications was the field I wanted to go into, let alone know what specifically I wanted to focus on. His extensive background in the PR field, as well as journalism, is among the many reasons this meeting left me feeling reassured. Coming into college, I was under the impression that I could only study one specific part of communication. However, hearing Professor Mollica discuss his career path and how he continuously changed the type of communication he studied inspired me. 

Professor Mollica said a lot that resonated with me last week. Here is just a small sample of his ideas:

“Your job down the road will be contingent on you being adaptable. What can you provide to a job? Be adaptable and know many things.”

Regardless of what career we end up in post-university, adaptability is something that we can take away no matter what. Employers won’t gravitate towards people who can only do one thing. If you can do your job well, that’s great. But if you can do your job well and be flexible to help the team you’re working with, that’s even better. Employers want to see you going the extra mile to help out the company. What do you bring to your workplace that no one else can? That’s something to be remembered.

“Don’t give up on what you want. Be hungry and be a person that is passionate. Be confident in your skill sets.”

Never think that you can’t get better in the field you’re working in. Like Professor Mollica, people work in the same career for years at a time. The difference between average workers and exceptional workers is the notion that you can never stop improving. The more you work at something, the better it will be. You will only get better if you continue to work hard and be proud of the work you are producing.

In his closing statements, Mollica touched on the importance of loving the field of work you choose to go into: “You won’t always love your job. But instead of dwelling on that, focus on the client and how you can provide your service to them in the best way possible.”

Sure, we won’t always love our jobs or the work we’re doing. However, this doesn’t mean we should hang our heads and think we can’t make a difference. Instead, take the negative energy you have toward the job and turn it into something productive. This is what differentiates the good workers from the exceptional workers. How we respond to negativity is the most important part of any career path.

Professor Mollica’s advice is true for not only the PR career, but any career. Being passionate and flexible is something is useful for all fields of work, and something I strongly will take into consideration when deciding what I want to do with my life after graduating college.