So you’re a PR major… Now what?

The hardest part of many people’s college careers is picking a major. Nailing down what study of interest is a great fit for you; and if you think like me: what area of study will turn into a career well-suited for you. Some people just came into this world knowing exactly what they wanted to do. Good for them, but if you are/were like me you got to college and didn’t have a clue of what subject area you wanted to concentrate on.

Finally on one breath-taking spectacular day, I saw the light. I wanted to be a Public Relations major! Yay, I had finally decided and all of the stress of picking a major was over. Soon enough I dove into internships and took advantage of the many opportunities the UO SOJC. Now what? I was at a cross road of finding a job. With my internship experiences I learned that I did not want to be in a solely event planning job, but I did not find out what kind of PR I wanted to go into.

Internships are just as helpful as they can be hurtful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t get internships (in fact I think you should have a minimum of two prior to graduation). However, during the whole getting internships process you need to think about what kind of PR you would ultimately like to start out in. If you have too many internships in another field of PR it might be more difficult to change your mind. Until my current internship experience I did not know I wanted to be in tech PR. Allow me to explain myself further. I have always loved technology, I even built a computer at home with my dad in high school. But I did not translate my love for technology to PR… because I wasn’t thinking about this next step. When I saw the job posting for the internship at Mobility PR, I knew I would love the work. So to save some non-guided students some trouble in the future, remember to think about things that interest you and to seek internships especially hard in these fields, so it will be easier to obtain a job you want! If you really are uncertain I would recommend obtaining internships that will make you a strong candidate for a full-service agency, like Edelman, so you can move laterally.

Best of luck,

Jessi

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