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  posted: November 18,2015 04:37 PM -- submitted by: Mykala
Q1: Hello! I am a student in college and I am double majoring in Communication Studies and Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations. My advisers recently told me that I need to select a minor. I am debating between minoring in Health Sciences and Marketing. I believe that Marketing would give me a broader range of job opportunities, but I have always been interested in the health community. Which minor do you think would give me a better job outlook, etc? Thanks!

A1: Mykala--

Either Health Sciences or Marketing will make an excellent minor for you. If you are sure that you will pursue a career in healthcare, then Health Sciences is best. But, as you said, Marketing will give you a broader range of job opportunities, because Marketing is essential in every corporation, business, government and nonprofit organization.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: November 11,2015 05:50 PM -- submitted by: Kara
Q2: My work includes 6 years in economic development and 7 years as a business owner (construction and non-profit consulting). PR has been part of every job I've had, along with marketing, community relations & overall financial/ staff management. I want to focus more on PR by moving into an in-house corporate position, but am not getting much traction. (I've started going to PRSA meetings and am studying for APR). Any tips on how to best position myself and what job level I should be looking at?

A2: Kara--

You are doing exactly what you need to do! Use the free Accreditation Study Guide to assess "where you are" in PR (Download the guide at Where you have weaknesses, as we all do, use seminars, books, and mentors to "fill in the gaps."

Look for PRSA members who work in economic development and construction and ask for their advice. Don't overlook nonprofits as potential employers!

Best of success to you!
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: November 10,2015 10:37 AM -- submitted by: Isaac
Q3: Hi, I am currently on my way to graduating in December. I have interned for a couple of agencies and would like to know if that counts as "experience" as it was for class credit. I have never applied for a professional PR job & notice right away employers usually want someone with at least 5+ years experience. As I am graduating, I'm not completely sure how to get any more experience post graduation. My preferred emphasis are music as well as entertainment. Thank you.

A3: Isaac--

Congratulations on nearly completion on your degree!

Absolutely your internships count as experience. Employers hire beginners as well as those with 5+ years of experience.

Focus on your writing and social media experience; include in your portfolio writing you did for classes (without the heading that shows the class number, etc.), during your internships and for organizations such as PRSSA, fraternities and clubs. Also include information about events you helped plan--concerts, competitions and so on.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: November 9,2015 05:17 PM -- submitted by: Amber
Q4: Hi, I'm looking to relocate back to my hometown of Philadelphia, PA. I currently live in Charleston SC. I have started to apply to jobs back in PA but whenever someone shows interest in me then seem to back away as soon as they find out I do not currently live in the state. Any advice on relocating and what the job searching process should be?

A4: Amber—

Yes, searching for a professional position “remotely” is tough. You need to KNOW the person to whom you send a resume or letter. The best way to do that is to attend chapter meetings of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The chapter’s website is There, check out the Job Bank that the chapter supports.

But, as you already know, nothing substitutes for meeting professionals face-to-face. To do that, I suggest that you check to see when PRSA Philly conducts chapter meetings, professional development sessions and other events.

Schedule a trip to Philadelphia that allows you to attend one of their meetings so you can meet some people. Take along a stack of business cards (but keep your resumes in your purse or case) and trade card. Follow up by email and telephone.

If you have a relative or friend who lives in or near Philadelphia, schedule some vacation time from your present job and go for a week so you can, perhaps, schedule interviews.

For the best results, set a date to move to Philadelphia and let your contacts know about that. Otherwise, your trip probably will not yield good results.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 8,2015 10:19 AM -- submitted by: ruth wairimu
Q5: hi there!am ruth currently doing my bachelor's but one thing is that i dont know what to specialize in...have read about pr and am kind of intrested would you help me on that

A5: Ruth--

Public relations is a broad field and has many specialties. Go to to learn more.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 28,2015 10:12 AM -- submitted by: Gary O'Neil Youngblood Jr.
Q6: I am a senior communication major specializing in Public Relations and would like to ask a career related question. This is to be my second career, as I am also a certified, licensed and practicing Paramedic. I am really interested in Crisis Communications/Disaster Response. As graduation nears, I am looking more and more at potential employers.

My question: What type of employer/industry (if any) would utilize aspects of my Public Relations skills in addition to my history in healthcare?

A6: Wow! What a great combination—healthcare, public relations and crisis communication/disaster response! Many, many healthcare-related organizations need your services! This website lists 100 of them:

Perhaps that will give you an idea of the wide range of possibilities, but don’t overlook government organizations at the local, regional and national levels.

Check out PRSA’s Health Academy, which has 750 members, at

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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