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  posted: June 23,2014 11:40 PM -- submitted by: Michael Baumeister
Q11: I am entering my final year of college, and will be graduating with a B.A. in Accounting. While it may seem odd, I have a strong desire to enter the field of actuarial work, and I was wondering what I can do now to enter this career as soon as I come out of college. I will be taking a statistics class my final semester.

A11: Great that you are asking this kind of question at this stage in your college career.

You need to seek this advice from an organization specific to accounting and actuarial sciences. Try a professional organization or your college's guidance department.

We are here for communications and public relations career questions.

Good luck.
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 18,2014 04:45 PM -- submitted by: Imani
Q12: In 2012 I got my BS in psychology. I quit my job in lab animal sciences and am taking graduate classes part time (online) in PR for a certificate program. Taking an unpaid internship is not financially feasible for me, and I am having a hard time finding entry-level positions. I feel that potential employers look at my resume and only see "animals" and rule me out, but I have some relevant experience from activities I did in my undergrad. How can I get my foot in the door and gain experience?

A12: Changing careers is always hard. You could look for paid internships and volunteer opportunities. If you volunteer with a nonprofit doing public relations related activities, you will gain experience as well as building your portfolio and resume.

Also get started networking with public relations professionals. Join the local chapter of PRSA and attend meetings. Exchange business cards and request informational interviews with professionals. Ask them about how they started in the profession and what advice they have for you. Because you will be in conversation with they, they will be able to look at your public relations skills and better assess your situation.

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 18,2014 09:45 AM -- submitted by: sandra
Q13: i want to know whether studying mbbs in china is good for Indian students and what about the job opportunities in India after completing studies there

A13: Sandra,
Interesting questions, but outside the scope of this site. Talk with the admissions counselors at your university. They will have insight into these questions and will understand your background, academic performance, etc.

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 18,2014 09:44 AM -- submitted by: Umang Pandya
Q14: I am a student from IGCSE. I love Cambridge syllabus. However I am stuck on a problem for my admissions for the next year.The problem is current entrance criteria s in top engineering colleges/universities. They demand for merit. I know it is very difficult to score an A/A* in AS/A level. I have had very good academic results up till my IGCSE. What would you advice? shall I continue with AS or shift to state board. I can't shift to CBSE as there is no good school with good CBSE results

A14: This site is focused on communication and public relations. We are not an IT and technology site. I recommend that you talk with the admissions counselors at your institution of higher learning.

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 11,2014 11:00 AM -- submitted by: Aurelie Vale
Q15: I am a young professional in PR and communications in France. I would like to gain international work experience abroad as a corporate communications trainee (exchange visitor program) within a US company - which can be applied to my future career in France. I want to learn from corporate social responsability, employee and change management - in-house or in agency ? Can you give me some advise to optimize my applications ? Is that possible to get in mentoring program ?

A15: Foreign work needs and the requirements are rather involved for this format. I recommend talking with someone at the school where you did your university-level work.

In addition, you might begin networking with people who work at US companies in France or another European country to learn what how this worked for them. They may be able to direct you to their human resources professionals who would have this detailed information.

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 11,2014 10:57 AM -- submitted by: shruti kaushal
Q16: Hi
I am a class 10 student.I am keen to work with travel channels such as TLC,Fox traveller and discovery.I want to pursue a career which includes travel to places around the world.Could you please guide me on which course in the field of mass communication should I take up nd the names of the institutes in india which offer these courses?

A16: This is a very specialized question that requires more information on your background to properly answer. I recommend that you talk with the guidance counselor at your current institution who will be able to access your academic records and talk with you directly about options.

Also, that person should have an understanding of India's higher education system and the specialties of each institution.

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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