Turning the page…

Over the better part of this past year I’ve had the chance to grow a lot professionally, and the experiences I’ve gained at Palette PR and energi PR have been invaluable. As of last week, my time there has come to an end, and so I will soon be moving on to the next chapter in my career.

I’ve had the chance to work and become friends with some great colleagues and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. I’ll miss the many laughs, the loud rads, the in-house coffee, and every time I hear the Subway jingle I’ll think of you (but mostly about grabbing a meatball sub).

As I mentioned, I have grown a lot professionally in my time there, so here are a few highlights I thought I would share:

  • I’ve had the chance to put in to practice a lot of the traditional public relations I wanted a better understanding of when I first decided to join Palette
  • I learned to manage working with different clients, each with different sets of expectations and demands
  • The merger from Palette PR and Communications MECA to energi PR was a huge experience that I’m glad I was able to have early in my career
  • Having the opportunity to take part in social media planning and business presentations meant a lot to me
  • Most importantly I feel I have mastered (though not grown to love) timeslips

There are of course many other experiences I could list, but I wanted to keep this somewhat short. In closing, I am eager to get started on that next chapter, and will keep you informed on here (and twitter, of course). In the mean time, anyone free for a coffee? 🙂

Reflecting on the old; looking forward to the new

A lot of exciting things have happened to me in 2010. Some of the bigger ones included making my first real job change after leaving Rogers and joining Palette PR (now energi PR!), which was both sad and exciting; I was reunited with the girlfriend who was off in Calgary teaching for a year; finally, I made the big change and moved out on my own for the first time.

I was fortunate that, for this past year, the positives outweighed the negatives, and I think it has largely to do with having a positive outlook on life, which is the mind set I’ve had over the last few years. If something gets you down, don’t let it take hold of you because you end up wallowing in it, and missing opportunities to grow and therefore become happier.

Looking ahead to 2011 I can’t quite predict what it will bring, but here are a few things I look forward to:

  • Getting more accustomed to living on my own; it’s been a great experience the first two months in, but I still have a lot to learn;
  • Connecting more with the people in my life – I haven’t done enough of that this year and would like that to change;
  • Doing some kind of travel, whether it be within Canada or abroad;
  • Carrying the professional experiences I’ve gone through in 2010 forward into the new year with a better understanding of what I want out of my career.

Do you look forward to anything in the new year, or are you just happy to see the current one end?

Moving on…

This isn’t something I wanted to write, but it’s come time for me to say goodbye to the team at Rogers; specifically those on the social media side of things.

It doesn’t seem like too long ago that I decided to go to Third Tuesday, around Canada Day, last year. I wasn’t feeling too well, but I sucked it up and went anyway. While there I met with Rob Manne and Keith McArthur who, after a bit of conversation, told me about an internship position coming up. One thing led to another and less than two weeks later I was on the social media team. Shortly after, I posted about joining Rogers and looking back, a lot has changed, but much of what I wrote still holds true:

“Rogers is committed to “taking the leap”, as it were, and joining the online conversations happening about its many, many brand extensions. The department only began seven months ago, with the hiring of Keith McArthur who, along with Rob Manne, are now the well known faces of Rogers on Twitter. That along with other social media projects make me excited about my time here and all of the potential things I may get to do.”

I’ve had the chance to see great projects like Rogers On Demand Online and the Rogers RedBoard take off, as well as attend and help sponsor great events like Hohoto and Podcamp Toronto. Most importantly I’ve learned so much from great coworkers and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with.

Wrapping things up I’d like to say thank you to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with at Rogers. Nowadays it’s easy to keep in touch, so that shouldn’t be a big deal, but I will miss the day-to-day cackling and random other good times. I also want to wish the team good luck with the projects you’re working on and the many more coming in the future.

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