In light of my recently devoted interest in my Philosophy 1 class at Santa Monica College, I have decided to present to you a tad bit of my insights into the metaphysical aspect of my professional growth. I’m no Plato or  Bens-Take-4-350pix Aristotle but the philosopher mindset has rubbed off on me. The last few days I’ve spent some time reflecting on my time here at DRS and Associates.

During my first month or so at DRS, I looked around the office from my watchtower (or desk) and saw perfection. Senior Account Manager Mariakay Chakos talked to clients with a combination of determination and ease. Why couldn’t I have her poise when talking to clients? Everyone around me seemed to have it all figured out. I couldn’t help but feel inexperienced, even as our PR Account Coordinator, Jennifer Cash, trained me with a practiced patience while still maintaining a constructive nature to her guidance. How do I become like that? Where do I go from here?

There is no innate sense of professionalism that lives inside of us. I had to learn it. Staying patient was necessary, as I didn’t get the hang of things immediately. The process started with leaving any hint of arrogance at the door and accepting that I didn’t know much about this business or being a professional. Keeping that in mind, I began to ask questions about everything – and I mean everything. How to send emails, what font/formatting to use when inputting information into excel spreadsheets… the list went on. Jennifer had to literally write out a script for me to say when it came time to call publications concerning information that had to be updated for our media tracking system.

But hey, we all have to go through this. It’s part of the learning process. Now I walk into the office, sit down at my desk, check my emails and go about my day with ease. I don’t have to question everything I do. Of course, I have projects that are still given to me by others, but I’m no longer dependent on them to guide me to the finish line. It’s all up to me.

Ten years from now, hopefully immersed in the professional ventures that I have chosen for myself and forging forward in the conquest of what we call “life,” there will be a day when I will try to remember when my “professionalism” was fully implemented. Chances are I will have forgotten by then and whatever challenges are brought forth to me will slowly erase any memory of the time that I grew up in the professional world. Working and learning at DRS and Associates has been a catalyst, the natural push from behind to grow up – in the office and out of it.