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University experience and job hunting in a hard time…

My experience of studying at Leeds Met and how it helped me in the scary place of ‘full-time work’!

One of the biggest advantages of the PR course at Leeds Met was the practical elements. We were encourage to gain placements and work on live projects with real clients in order to build up our portfolio and experience. To me this was the best part of the course, as it allowed you to put all the work you learnt at university into practice – alongside giving you vital skills to equip you for interviews and employment.

I think it is important to use these elements of the course to expand CV experience! I have put forward a few tips below:

Tips for enhancing your CV whilst at University:

  • Make sure you have a selection of work placement positions on your CV – paid or unpaid, these will show you are willing to reach out and do extra work. You will find that placements will also help you with your university work, alongside giving you vital work-related skills.
  • Network! Attend events at university and any other CIPR related events. These are great places to meet people you wouldn’t normally be able to talk to – PR professionals, directors of companies etc. These events were great for me, as they helped with university work and dissertation contacts, but also with gaining contacts for future employment options.
  • Extra activities – Do something extra, something above and beyond which gives your CV that little extra. It can be sports related, a personal hobby in which you compete with, or a volunteer programme. I tried to pack as much as I coud into my second year summer and whilst working temporarily to gain a bit of money, I travelled to Thailand on two different volunteer projects. The first was volunteering on IIFA (Indian International Film Awards) which were held in Bangkok. I was selected to work backstage on the live event, helping out on the communications controls – the event was televised to millions of people. The second trip was a month-long volunteering project to Kaho Lak in Thailand. This was one of the worst hit areas of Thailand from the Tsunami, so I volunteered to teach at deprived schools in the local area.  Experiences such as these help to shape your personality and to give you something inspiring to talk about to future employers.
  • Building on your confidence – In doing the above, your confidence should grow dramatically enabling you to act more professional in interviews and in the work place.

The work place is a seriously competitive environment at the moment so the more you can do to enhance your CV alongside your university grades the better you will find your job prospects and the transition into work.

If anyone has any more tips or advice, please do let me know or post below! Thanks.

An offical FIRST Class Honors in PR

The results were in last week and I can now officially say that I have a First class honors in Public Relations.

See my results on the CV section of my website (above).

Looking forward to graduating this Saturday!

Facebook… a PR tool or just a confusing and unreliable mess to a PR campaign?

A new post on a former lectures blog about the role and power of Facebook in managing events and other PR activity was extremely insightful in understanding what role these social networking sites can actually play. View the post here: F-Off and Get Real

Students and early PR professionals seem totally addicted to this form of online friendship and communication, that it has become a tool which ‘must be engaged with’ in PR projects and campaigns that practitioners carry out. However, what does a tool such as this actually tell you? I have seen it before, when you set up an event and people are very willing to click ‘yes’ to joining, but do they actually show? Is this just for their online reputation, or do they actually show support for the cause you are promoting? It is a tricky tool to assess and evaluate, but increasingly becoming a main tool to use. Calculating how effective this is in your own PR campaigns can be extremely tricky.

As Richard stated in his blog, the early adaptors are getting fed up of Facebook, maybe I suggest because of its overloading of brands, companies and corporate use, but there will be something new that early adopters will drift over to and maybe there maybe better and more reliable chances of PR campaigns to work within this. So PR pros, you need to keep on top of the social media game!!

… work work work!! Only 3 months left :(

Training is over and done with… the Manchester run is long behind me! So full focus now is on my last 3 months at my work placement!

Everything is very busy… from starting the next magazine editorial, to the next stakeholder newsletter, to numerous press trips in the line up and an exciting little trip down to London! Myself and a colleague will find overselves at a Awards Dinner on Friday night… that is if we manage to make it through London on the trams. (apparently back up and running on Friday)

Time is moving very fast… i’m on a count down and determind to make the very most of my last few months at Marketing Manchester.