Confessions of a Newbie: Entering an Indianapolis Public Relations Firm

Just a little over one month ago, I entered my first day of work here at Dittoe Public Relations.  I felt like it was my first day of school all over again.  I picked out my outfit the night before, I couldn’t fall asleep that night due to anticipation of what was to come, I woke up extra early and ate a good breakfast and then I hopped in my car and was off!

I have to admit, when I pulled up to the building on my first day, I sat in my car for a little bit to let the butterflies in my stomach settle.  I was so nervous, and when I tried to think about why, it all came down to one thing – I wanted to be liked.  Wow, this was really taking me back to my years in grade school when it was important to be the ‘popular girl’ or the ‘funny girl’ – everyone had a label, and I was nervous about what mine would soon become.

I had been to the Dittoe Public Relations offices before during my interview process, but had only met a small handful of the people I would soon interact with on a daily basis.  I had done my research, and knew about the business and the clients; but was still unsure about the team inside the big brick building.  I sucked it up, and I walked inside leaving my nerves behind.  Upon entering the office I was greeted by friendly faces who all seemed genuinely excited to meet me.  Boy – I immediately felt welcome and was positive that I had made a decision to work one of the top pr firms in Indianapolis.

Today, more than one month later, when friends and family ask me how my ‘new’ job is going, I have one answer – I love it and I love the people that I work with!  There is such a great mix of personalities and skill sets, and everyone is a cheerleader for one another.  There really is a team environment and everyone is willing to help one another when needed.

Moral of the story – take a risk and try something new – sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone and walking into a new adventure will bring you an experience better than you expected.  I still don’t know what I have been labeled as, whether it’s the ‘nice girl’ or the ‘girl that asks a lot of questions’, but bottom line is, I don’t really care, because it is not about that – life is about taking a risk and enjoying the ride.

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