Monday, May 28, 2012

Burning Bridges

It's been a pretty interesting year. Academically, I am grateful to say I had an amazing year full of happiness, great classes and profs, and two relatively non-existant finals weeks. From a social perspective, I had a few friendships that ended on not-so-fantastic terms. Although unfortunate, it is a wonderful lesson for the burgeoning PR girl. What is this lesson, you may ask?

No matter how bad things get, try to work something out and DON'T BURN BRIDGES.

Networking and making social and business contacts is just what we do. It's vital for us to get jobs and to perform said jobs the best we can. Communication is just what we do. And when you burn bridges with people, you lose them as contacts, as part of your network, and most importantly, if you were close, as friends. Unless this relationship, be it with a friend, co-worker, or boss, was truly detrimental and harmful to you, there is no reason to just abruptly stop contact. Every person you meet, everyone who enters your life is there for a reason. When it comes to the working world or internship world especially, it is beyond vital to keep relationships and contacts strong. Also, remember, a relationship of any kind is a two way street. It takes effort from both sides to keep it alive, and once one side bows out, consider it the kindling of the bridge fire. (That was kind of lame, I know, but I'm sure you get my point.)

As I step off of my soap box (slowly, of course, because I wear six inch wedges now) allow me to impart on you the moral of my slightly drawn out story:

Try to keep all contacts and relationships on good terms. It doesn't mean you need to constantly bombard these people with invitations to do things or be in constant contact. It doesn't mean be fake to people you don't like. It simply means to be respectful and polite to everyone and to be wary of letting relationships crumble.



1 comment:

  1. So true. I definitely learned this in the past few years. Every connection you make has the potential to help ( or haunt) you in the long run. Maintaining positive contact with teachers, employers, etc. is so important.