You Have a PR Degree: Now What?

It finally happened, you have your degree in public relations! You should be proud of what you have accomplished throughout your college years and look forward to the future. One question usually seems to remain: what’s next? I think I can help with that.

1. Finalize the deal.

What some college students think of when they graduate is that they already have the job, but that’s not always the case. Make sure that you securely have the job that you applied and interviewed for. Others are always on the job search as well; you don’t want to miss out on any opportunity!

2. Keep connecting.

After you [hopefully] get the job, it’s not time to just sit back and relax; especially in the field of public relations. You always want to continue to network – who knows, maybe a good connection will lead to an even better career path in the future.

3. Use past experience to your advantage.

This is where the likes of having a good internship come into play. When you get the job, or if you’re in the in-between phase and don’t quite have a job yet, use your past experiences to take advantage of new opportunities. Public relations isn’t a career where you just need a degree, employers like to see experience as well.

4. Don’t get down on yourself.

If you didn’t grab a job offer during school, don’t panic! It’s perfectly ok; sometimes it may take a while before you really nail the first job. Do not, under any circumstances, get down on yourself if things don’t seem to be going your way after graduating college. That job will be there, but only if you make the effort to try and grab it.

Hopefully these tips will help you solve the riddle “What comes next?” Just remember, that everyone is different in their own way, so if you see someone doing something that may seem great, don’t feel as though it’s the way to go, it’s just their way to go. You are going to do great things in the future and I want to wish you the best of luck.

Adam McKnight is a junior public relations major. He is a general body member of Waynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America, as well as an account specialist for Red Brick Communications, a student-run communications firm. An avid tennis player, he hopes to one day pursue a career related with the sport he loves.


2 responses to “You Have a PR Degree: Now What?

  1. I’ve been at this for 13+ years and networking continues to be hugely important. I never turn down an opportunity to grab a drink with someone from another agency. You may not be looking for a new job now, but you’ll appreciate having that connection for when you are. It also doesn’t hurt to be the first one to be called if/when the other person has a need too!

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