As a prospective PR professional you are used to helping other people. It is your job to let people come to you with their problems, and you’re going to build them a plan to fix those problems. Whether that is working with a client to help them gain more social media traction, helping create content for them or helping to form strategies, you are the answer that company needs. You are the answer to their plea for help.
Now, what about you? Who is the answer to your plea for help? If you relate to the average college student, then you might not have one. In August of 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that fewer than 1 in 5 college students ask their professors for help during their office hours. So let's change that.
When you being to think about it you need to realize that everyone has been in a situation much like your own. You probably feel like you are drowning in assignments, club meetings, your job and extracurricular activities. Next, you throw in your attempt to keep a social life and you might find yourself struggling to keep your head above water. Beginning to ask for help before you reach this point is a process, so to being Let’s debunk a few of the most common misconceptions about asking for help.
You are not bothering other people by asking for help.
Your time in college is a time for you to grow. You are learning about life all while doing your best to plan for your future profession. That’s stressful, but you’re not alone in this process. You’re surrounded by people who have already been through that stage in their lives! Your professors, mentors, and other professionals are there to help you. They are there for you! So when you go to them with your questions, it is important to remember that you are not bothering anyone by asking for help.
You are not coming off as incompetent by asking for help.
There are times in your life when you need help with your heavy workload. When meeting deadlines become difficult for you, do not be afraid to take a step back and remove yourself from that situation until you are ready to reenter. If you need to sit out of your club meetings for a few weeks, or even a semester, do that. Ask for help from your fellow members. Chances are there is someone there that just might be able to take that on for you. Realizing that you are in need of help and making that known to others does not make you incompetent.
You are not any less successful because you asked for help.
Chances are, you do not know everything about public relations or any other area of study. You may need help better understanding a topic, or you may need help with organization. Asking for help in developing these skills is not a sign of weakness. Asking for help will help to make you the most successful person and professional you can be. Asking for help does not make you any less successful. Even professionals seek help from their own advisors.
The bigger picture here is your future. Why struggle through something by yourself when you can work it out with someone who has most likely gone through a similar situation? So take the step to help move yourself forwards towards your future. Now is the time to make mistakes. Now is the time to learn new skills, and NOW is the time to ask for help.