This post is primarily directed towards the 20-somethings in the Twin Cities working, or trying to work, in communications. I’d love your feedback on this so please feel free to comment or shoot me an e-mail.
I’ve been on a major networking kick recently and started to think about how many awesome connections I’ve made in the last few months. I’ve met and talked with people from a wide range of industries that have helped me both professionally and personally. I really wish I had started to do this sooner.
So it got me thinking about groups of people that I want to meet but haven’t yet. And the biggest group I could think of were people like me. People who work in communications and are in the beginning stages of their careers. It seems to me that there isn’t really a venue to connect with other young professionals in the Twin Cities who are interested in public relations, journalism, marketing, advertising, or communications.
I know there are groups like PRSA and IABC – both hugely popular associations that I hope to be a part of real soon. But the thing with those are that they aren’t cheap to join and they aren’t directly focused on the young professional. Don’t get me wrong, being a part of a group with seasoned vets in your industry is wildly appealing and beneficial on so many levels.
But right now, I’d love to hear how others my age are doing professionally when it comes to job searching, dealing with timely issues, learning about agency vs. corporate life, etc.
What could be the benefits of a group like this? Meeting people, of course. But also learning about the different corners of communications. Public relations, journalism, marketing, and advertising people work together all the time in the real world. Wouldn’t it be nice to establish relationships with people in those fields now and make our lives easier in the future?
So my question to all you young Twin Cities communicators: Would a group with a focus like this be appealing to you?
Maybe there’s a group already out there that I’ve completely missed. If that’s the case – please let me know!
But if not, would people be interested in figuring out a time and place to meet? I’m thinking on a weekday for a happy hour-ish thing?
If there’s enough interest, I’m willing to organize something and get back to those people. So please comment, tweet, or e-mail me any feedback, ideas, or suggestions!