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  posted: February 27,2015 10:51 AM -- submitted by: Catalina Gomez
Q1: My long term goal is to work abroad in the PR/Marketing Field. I'm torn between making a decision to stay in my current company with the possibility of a promotion or going abroad for 3 months to do an internship. I graduated college a year ago, and am still at the entry level. I was thinking of staying at the company until the end of the summer to complete a year there, and then going abroad for the 3 months. Is it too late in my career to do an internship? Would greatly appreciate your advice!

A1: Catalina--

Your input leaves many questions unanswered, so it's impossible to give you a definitive response.

I suggest that you request a mentor through this site and work with that mentor by email and telephone. Perhaps that will help you make a decision.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 27,2015 10:46 AM -- submitted by: Toryah Cameron
Q2: Should I expect to do a written assignment as part of the interview process and are there certain types of questions that I shouldn't expect to see? Like perform a website assessment?

A2: Toryah--

Because writing is the most common skill needed by beginning public relations practitioners, some organizations require candidates to take a writing test. That writing might be a news release, writing for a website or some other type of writing. It would be unusual for a candidate to be asked to assess a website. However, PR is an extremely broad field, and it's possible that an Internet-based organization would ask a candidate to undertake such a task.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 27,2015 10:42 AM -- submitted by: Amit Panchal
Q3: I am currently pursuing a BTech degree in Information Technology(First Year). I have good Communication Skills. My qualities match much with a human resource field job. Any advice for pursuing career in a field other than engineering. Thank u

A3: Amit--

To see what KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)are necessary to succeed in public relations, go to and download the APR (Accredited in Public Relations) Study Guide. Use that guide to conduct a self-assessment.

That should allow you to determine whether your KSAs match those needed in public relations.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 22,2015 03:51 PM -- submitted by: Kelly Long
Q4: I am a former federal law enforcement agent and public information officer for Dept of Justice. I left the field to pursue a teaching career (elementary ed) and now would like to get back into the field of public relations , community relations and crisis management. My advanced degrees are in Psychology, Criminal Justice and Education. I still maintain my contacts from the PR world which are primarily police and fire. Suggestions and advice?
Thank you!!

A4: What a great background you have for public information work in a government organization! I suggest that you visit with your police and fire contacts and learn whether they have suggestions for you. It's possible that you can reenter the public information field immediately.

If you want to check your public relations KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities), go to and download the APR (Accredited in Public Relations) Study Guide. Use that guide to conduct a self-assessment. That should allow you to determine whether your KSAs are up-to-date. If not, check PRSA's local and national continuing education offerings and take advantage of those that can be of help.

If you decide to pursue Accreditation in Public Relations, or the Accreditation process (whether or not you want to seek Accreditation) contact the Accreditation Chair in the PRSA chapter nearest you.

Hope this helps!
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 22,2015 09:27 AM -- submitted by: MIke Sartini
Q5: Hello, all! I am starting a motivational speaking and coaching business shortly. Would anyone happen to have any advice as to how to start such a venture or how to get places to hire you to speak? It's an unusual career path, I know, but I figured that I would ask in case anyone had an idea or two that I could use. Thank you.

A5: Mike--

PRSA is a great place to start. Volunteer to speak at chapter meetings, and offer to do a free workshop on a topic that's comfortable. Those are good, friendly places to spread the word and make your promotional materials available.

Do the same with IABC and other professional organizations.

Anytime a person starts a new venture, it takes time to build it, so be patient and do one step at a time. Don't count on having your speaking and coaching activities to support you for quite some time.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 7,2015 09:52 AM -- submitted by: priyanka
Q6: I'm a graduate from electronics;I am intrested to get into public relations field.pls do advice me i am totally confused .how can I get into this field?

A6: Getting into public relations without a journalism or public relations degree and serving in public relations internships would be quite difficult. You would face competition from college graduates with that kind of background.

To study the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) commonly needed, go to

Public relations, more commonly called corporate communications or public affairs, encompasses a broad swath of positions and responsibilities, so an opportunity for you may exist, but finding it will not be easy.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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