There is a glut of talent, even in the high-growth field of public relations.
To get in, hold on to what you got and simultaneously navigate to better positioning on the food chain, we have to be able to decode the new rules for careers. The good news is that Dr. Phil McGraw had done the decoding for us, way back in 2012. Evidence that his analysis is sound is that his book "Life Code" remains a strong seller. For example, in the Amazon Kindle category it is at 6,923. Here you can order it.
What McGraw hammers is the need to be circumspect. No, we don't show our cards. We don't discuss our startegy for how we will advance in our field. We don't bare our souls to colleagues who, let's fact it, are actually competitors. I call that framing "Mastering The Poker Face."
Sure, in professional relatons we are friendly. Sit in on any poker game and it is a satisfying social experience. That's why human beings gravitate to the game, even when they don't excel.
However, social interaction does not mean intimacy. We are blown apart when our significant others or close friends dump us or we let go of them because of the comforts provided by intimacy.
But, wise up, we can't have our intimacy and our professional success bundled together in the workplace. Maybe that was possible at a time. Maybe it wasn't. But it's not doable now.
A few years ago The Economist did special coverage on how to survive the new world of work. The advice that resonated with me is to develop and maintain a support network totally separate from our professional links. And that's what I have done. A core personal support link is a spiritual group here in Tucson, Arizona. We talk about everything except what we do for a living and how we do it.