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Is Atlanta a good place to do Public Relations?

I am planning on going to college in Atlanta after I graduate high school because that's where I want to live. I'm a bit skeptical because I don't know if places in Atlanta or Georgia as a whole have god public relations jobs... #marketing #communication #business #public relations #placestolive


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Donna’s Answer

Public Relations is a wide open field, every company, industry and government entity needs public relations representatives. I am sure as you apply the skills you learn in college and gain access to opportunities you will discover many opportunities. Always be open to be mentored, work as an intern, or just work with maybe an HR team, even if it is just part time.

The only limits you have are those you put on yourself. For instance, maybe opportunities are scarce around the college because companies have become accustomed to using interns and part time workers have the college to reduce cost and are not willing to hire permeant, so you may want to consider how geographically centered you want to be on the college area.

Donna recommends the following next steps:

Research large companies in the area you want to live -- see if they have summer mentor or intern programs
Contact local government representative public relations teams -- see if you can shadow them for a day/ week

Thank you for the advice g L.

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Monica’s Answer

Atlanta is a great place to find opportunities in virtually any field. You can look for PR opportunities within any of the companies in the Atlanta metro area, or you can consider specialized PR firms. Atlanta has close to 20 firms that specialize in PR so you would find plenty of opportunities as you would in any major metro area. The key suggestion I would make is to work with your college's career counseling center and take advantage of all they can offer you. They can help you find internships that are really critical in helping you land a good PR position when you graduate. It's never too early to meet with the career counseling center either. They may be aware of opportunities within the college that may help build your strengths and resume to help you get that first internship. Good luck.

Thank you very much g L.

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Carey’s Answer

There are PR firms in every major (and many not-so-major) cities. Many of them specialize in a specific field, while some are generalists. Most companies also have internal PR roles. PR might be a tough field to get into because the jobs are highly desirable, but don't think you need to be in NYC or LA to get the jobs. Do a ton of research on what industries you might like to support in a PR role, and monitor open roles so you'll understand what the opportunities are in your market and industry.

Thank you very much g L.

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Donna’s Answer

Public Relations is a wide open field, every company, industry and government entity needs public relations representatives. I am sure as you apply the skills you learn in college and gain access to opportunities you will discover many opportunities. Always be open to be mentored, work as an intern, or just work with maybe an HR team, even if it is just part time.

The only limits you have are those you put on yourself. For instance, maybe opportunities are scarce around the college because companies have become accustomed to using interns and part time workers have the college to reduce cost and are not willing to hire permeant, so you may want to consider how geographically centered you want to be on the college area.

Donna recommends the following next steps:

Research large companies in the area you want to live -- see if they have summer mentor or intern programs
Contact local government representative public relations teams -- see if you can shadow them for a day/ week

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