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Five Things Every Aspiring PR Professional Should Know

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Five Things Every Aspiring PR Professional Should Know

Lauren Blackwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  by: Missy Warren

 

 

Land as Many Internships as You Can

When entering the unfamiliar world of internships, it can be difficult to know what to expect. But internships can be one of the most amazing opportunities for professional development. This should go without saying, but the best way to experience the professional world is to gain some experience in that area. And the best thing about them is that they give you a chance to feel out where you fit best before you pursue a real job. Internships are a great starting point because many times they lead to job offers. During internships, your mentor will (hopefully) understand that you are not going to know how to do everything, but that’s what makes it them an amazing opportunity. The best way to learn is by gaining hands on experience, which is exactly what an internship provides. You will make mistakes, it’s inevitable, but from those mistakes you will come so much growth and learning. Internships are one of the few times that you will have the chance to gain experience in many different areas because you will most likely be volunteered for everything. Take advantage of this opportunity!

 

Take Advantage of Clubs and Organizations

One of the best ways to gain contacts in the professional world is by joining clubs and organizations specific to your desired career. This is a great way to gain contacts in the industry as well as foster relationships with your peers who have similar career aspirations.

 

Join a Mentorship Program

Many clubs and organizations have mentorship programs and you should definitely take advantage of them if you have the opportunity. This is also a great way to network and gain contacts in the industry. Mentors can help you with your resume, offer internship suggestions, or just provide insight into the next steps you should take to achieve your dream job.

 

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

Social media can be a deal breaker when it comes to landing a potential internship or job, but it can also be a good opportunity to show your professionalism. Do utilize LinkedIn and Twitter to share content relevant to your field. Above all, think before you post. You do not need to share every detail of your life.

 

Go Above and Beyond  

In whatever you are doing, take every opportunity to do more. In an internship, always offer to do anything you can to help. This will make a lasting impression on your mentor. In class, do whatever you can to foster lasting relationships with your instructors. Your instructors can also be a great way to gain networking opportunities, internships, or jobs. Do the things that other people are afraid to do because it will make you stand out!