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  posted: November 16,2014 01:16 PM -- submitted by: funke
Q11: I will like you to assist and advice me more in getting a MS in health Communication.I have develop my passion towards the course but schools have seen are quite expensive though and the course is somewhat scarce as well.
For my undergraduate degree,I studied Communications.
Also,am still finding it hard getting my self a line of study for my masters aside the health communication.I will like to discuss with a mentor perhaps, that will get me back on the road to gaining a master degree

A11: Are you a member of PRSA? If so, you can request a mentor, at no cost, through the College of Fellows. It's a great member benefit and the mentor will be able to review your resume, classes you've taken, interests, etc. and make recommendations specific to your situation.

If you aren't a member, I recommend connecting with your college adviser who might be a mentor or can point you in the right direction in your local.

If neither of these things work, begin networking within the public relations community in your locale. Attend professional meetings, talk with people at meetings and make appointments to talk later.

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

  posted: November 16,2014 01:11 PM -- submitted by: SOURAV ANAND
Q12: Sir i dont have 60% marks in 10 and 12 but i have completed my BCA and MCA in a good way . I only want a thing is that can i make a good carrer in IT field.

A12: Not sure what your question is, but it appears to involve IT. You might want to search an IT professional organization and ask them. Our area of expertise if public relations.

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

  posted: October 28,2014 06:55 PM -- submitted by: Sharon
Q13: Hi Mr. Haynes,

I am currently exploring opportunities and had a salary question. I have 8 years experience, a combination of in-house and agency PR. What would be the appropriate title and salary range in NJ?

Thanks in advance!
Sharon

A13: Sharon--

Here are links to the best salary information I have available. The first one is specific to New Jersey.

http://www.indeed.com/salary?q1=Public+Relations&l1=new+jersey

http://www.prsa.org/jobcenter/career_resources/resource_type/tools_tactics/salary_information/salaries_pr/

http://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/public-relations-salary-SRCH_KO0,16.htm

http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/public-relations-specialist

http://www.ehow.com/info_8710389_salary-communications-manager-nonprofit.html

http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/9861.aspx

Hope you can find what you need.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 27,2014 06:39 PM -- submitted by: Julia Denhoff
Q14: I am a senior at the University of Delaware graduating in the Spring of 2015. I have had 4 internships and have a good size portfolio of my work. UD doesn't have a great network for PR jobs in NYC and although I've made connections through my internships, I am struggling for advice when it comes to when I should start applying for jobs and how the best way to go about finding jobs that will be fitting for a recent graduate. Any advice?

A14: Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.

You're right to be using your network to look for a job and to focus your search.

Have you signed up for the daily job listing through the PRSA Job Center on our website? PR News and several other groups have similar job listings. If you haven't registered for several, do so.

Attending local PR programs, sponsored by groups like PRSA, IABC and other communication groups, is another way to network with new groups.

Your college's placement center should also have some support for you. Have you connected with them?

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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

  posted: October 27,2014 09:40 AM -- submitted by: Catalina
Q15: I am interested in working in PR and marketing with a particular focus on consumer brands. I have considered going to grad school, but how much more beneficial is getting a master's for a career in PR? Is it worth doing, and what type of master's degree would be a good fit for the field I want to get into?

Thank you.

A15: While marketing and public relations are related, they are different disciplines. You might want to explore where your greatest interest lies.

Determining what is right for you requires far more information than you're able to provide here. Are you an entry level or experienced professional? What is your undergratuate degree? What work experience do you have? What is your passion?

Once you're clear on your elevator speech, begin networking. Attend local professional meetings -- PRSA, IABC, other communications and marketing related groups. Meet people, ask about their backgrounds, how they entered the profession, what they look for when hiring people, etc.

One caution: don't ask for a job in this setting and don't take up too much of one person's time. The professional is there to network and talk with colleagues, just like you are. Ask instead if the person has 20 to 30 minutes at a later date to talk with you about his or her career. Email or call to schedule the time.

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

  posted: October 27,2014 09:28 AM -- submitted by: Lala
Q16: Hello! The job market today is getting so competitive, especially when it comes to the field of communication. I was wondering if it would really help to get a doctoral degree in communication if I wanted to become a consultant or hold a manager/executive level position in an organization? I do not really want to teach, but I do want to advance my career beyond entry level.

A16: Lala,
We do work in a competitive environment and job searches can be a challenge. Knowing what is right in your case is difficult with so little information. Are you a member of PRSA? If you are, I recommend that you seek a College of Fellows mentor, free to PRSA members. This mentor will be able to look at your existing education and work experience, ask you questions and coach you on areas which need strengthening, etc.

If that avenue isn't available to you, talk with the counselors and advisers at your college/university to gain greater insight.

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

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