PR in Education: are schools telling students if PR is the right career for them?

I mentioned a couple of blog posts back that I was planning this blog post. It’s something that’s kind of irked me for the last 3 years. I mean, it’s not, like, haunted my nightmares or anything, but it is something I often wondered about.

My school and careers advisers never told me that PR was a thing; I didn’t know it existed, I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t know that my A-Levels, talents and passions all tied in nicely to being a PR pro. We all know PR isn’t the most hugely studied course at uni, but how is it expected to be when 6th forms & colleges aren’t telling students PR is something they could consider studying?

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The final push…reflecting on the last 3 years

In FIVE days time I will have finished uni forever!!

I still remember sitting in my room in halls at 1am re-vamping my blog, which was then (WHY????), and turning it into a PR blog. I remember getting my first ever First for an assignment. I remember winning my first blogging competition…I remember winning my second ever blogging competition! I remember being asked to hold my first WordPress Workshop. I remember being asked to contribute for PR Stack 2. I remember my taster day and having to design a campaign around donuts. I remember going back the following year to chat to potential students doing the donut campaign!

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3 reasons why I’m looking forward to no longer being a student

I 100% in absolutely no way shape or form cannot at all believe that in 3 days time I will be starting my final…ever…term at Solent. When people say uni flies by, they are not lying – mark my words!

I have mixed feelings about finishing uni. Whilst I will miss living with friends, having the freedom of being able to do work from my bed and regular nights out, there are definitely things I’ve very much had enough of. This post is basically going to be about the things I won’t miss which, I know, sounds very whiny and negative but I’m more going for the optimistic-I’m-so-grown-up-now-and-ready-to-have-a-real-job approach (try and stick with me!)

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5 tips on choosing a PR dissertation topic

Dissertation, dissertation, dissertation. The words on 90% of me and my fellow 3rd years’ lips atm (along with ‘shall we buy snacks?’ and ‘what time is Gogglebox on?’). The aim of this blog post is to help PR students like myself have an epiphany, which I had about a week and a half ago, about finding an area of PR that you won’t get bored of 2,000 words in.

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6 things uni has taught me so far

I was sitting here thinking about the 3 pieces of work I’ve got left of this year (whilst thinking about how all I want to do is be a size 8 lying on the beach in Bora Bora with the remaining members of One Direction) and it hit me that I ONLY have 3 pieces of work until I’m no longer a 2nd year. Like, I won’t even be able to pretend to be a fresher anymore. So, I decided to come up with a few things that I’ve learned over the last 2 years and what I want to get out of this summer before I return to uni a fully grown up and mature 3rd year student…probs.

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5 reasons PR is not the career for you

I’ll be honest with you, when I applied to university to study PR & Communications, I didn’t really know what I was going to be doing, but the UCAS deadline (along with my parents) was nagging away at me. Luckily, I soon found I loved PR. But just in case that doesn’t happen in your case, I’ve come up with 5 reasons that PR may not be the career for you.

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do you need a degree to work in PR?

The 2011 PRWeek/PRCA Census results showed that 89% of PR professionals have a degree. But, with the recent increase of student fees, not everyone wants/is able to spend 3+ years in education studying PR, which they could potentially work their way up in. So, is it possible to have just as good a career as someone who has a PR degree?

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5 ways students can get in the festive spirit (regardless of all the deadlines!)

I, like many other students reading this post, am in that current 1 week before it’s home time for the Christmas holidays; home to a house with central heating, food that isn’t the leftover scraps that need eating up and, most importantly, no. more. deadlines!!!!!! (well, apart from the deadlines that lecturers like to throw at you due for the first week of January…thanks.

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my tips for new PR students

This time last year I was close to starting my PR & Comms course at university and when I tried to find tips and advice for PR newbies online I couldn’t find many, so, I decided I’d come up with a few of my own… Continue reading “my tips for new PR students”

from journalism to psychology to childcare to public relations…

At the beginning of year 13, the words on everyone’s lips were ‘ucas’ ‘university’ ‘open days’ ‘personal statement’…the words on my lips? ‘I have no idea what to do with my life’ ‘what’s for dinner?’ ‘when’s the next party?’

As you can tell, planning my future wasn’t something I welcomed with open arms.

Unlike my older sister, who knew what she wanted to study at university since year 10 work experience, I had no idea until a month ago. I decided to take a year out to find a course I really had a passion for (this was after aimlessly walking around a few universities trying to convince myself a journalism course was what I really really wanted to do…I didn’t)

After a lot of strenuous effort, I managed to block all university related info teachers/my parents were drumming into me out. However, a year later, the dreaded ucas word came round again, and here I am!

At A-Level, I studied Psychology, English and French. I started browsing around Psychology courses, decided Psychology had too much Science-y, brain-y stuff in it (NOT my forté) so went onto look at Psychology with Child Development, and decided, as much as I like working with children, I couldn’t see myself doing it for the rest of my life. My dad helped me put all the things I enjoy doing together -writing, talking, languages, being sociable, social networking – and found public relations combines all of these. After lots of researching what pr actually involves and looking round unis, I realised it would be something I’d enjoy doing and am now very very excited to start next year!

I also need some pr work experience so if anyone’s looking…