What are some potential careers/jobs available for students with a major in Public Relations/Communications, specifically in PA?
In college, I plan to major in Public Relations this Fall in the state of Pennsylvania! I know it is difficult to find a job in today's society, and I'm aware the rate of jobs available for college graduates have been decreasing over time. However, I have hope that something can change. I'd personally like to be the change! With that said, I'd really appreciate knowing what careers are available for those with a degree in Public Relations/Communications, and specific organizations I may be able to work with to make a positive impact, after graduating. #communications #public-relations #non-profits
When you graduate or before then, preferably, find a local non-profit that you are passionate about and volunteer to help them with their PR and Communications. Many non-profits cannot afford to hire a professional, but all of them need help with messaging and communications. It would be great on your resume also!
Public relations and communications have applications across a wide variety of fields, so be sure to focus on the skills involved in that discipline (persuasion, rhetorical choices, relationship building, branding, resolving conflicts and complaints, etc.) and look for ways that those skills would help solve one or more problems an organization or company might face. The primary reason you'll be hired is that you will make the organization better and bring value to their processes.
I too majored in Public Relations/ Communications! And let me tell you a secret - because of your major, you have a set of skills that are very valuable in all kinds of jobs in an array of industries. My guess is that your classes helped you learn how to write, form justifications for projects, train and influence people, and feel comfortable speaking in front of a group. Those skills that you learn with a PR/Communications major can transfer to just about any job, it all depends on how you market yourself.
My advice to you is when you start to talk to employers, or look for jobs, select jobs that allow you to show off your strengths. I currently work for Dell and as you know, we're in the Tech industry. I use my public speaking skills every day as a trainer. But there are so many other jobs that you can pursue, like communications expert, marketing, contract writing, etc. Keep an open mind, and talk to as many employers as possible about their job offerings. Most of the time you'll find that what you learned within your major is transferable to just about any career.
Here is some information that can make your summer and your college experience more meaningful!
This is a list of Public Relations firms in your area. You could approach them about doing intern, shadowing, or volunteer work during the summer so that you can learn more about the inside of the field. Let them know that you are planning on attending college in the fall and would appreciate the information and exposure. Let them know that you do not expect them to have a job, but that you are only looking for information (you will be surprised at what may happen). This will be very helpful for you.
Here is a listing of jobs in Public Relations in your area. Approach them even though you may not have the qualifications they need. You may be the very person they are seeking!
Let me know what happens! I would like to follow your progress! Please keep me informed. Best of luck!