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  posted: August 11,2016 04:34 PM -- submitted by: Abigail
Q11: Hello,
I have a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and I have been in the broadcasting field for four years. I was a reporter/anchor/producer/editor for the past four years but now I am looking at starting a career as a Public Relations Manager. What would be some great steps that I can take to achieve this? I never had an internship in Public Relations and usually you need some college credit to do so. Also I don't know which route to take as far as a Master's Degree? or a PR job?

A11: Have you any formal abilities, knowledge and skills training in public relations? Many of your skills from other areas will likely be a great help to you in a PR role, but you'll need to help interpret them for hiring managers.

Here are some ideas. Visit the APR section of the PRSA website and download the APR Study Guide. It will give you good insights into many aspects of PR and Communications. It's written for people planning to earn their APR credential and I think you will find it informative.

Are you networking? Look into the local chapter of PRSA and IABC. Find out when they meet and how you might attend. When there talk to PR professionals about how they started in PR, what their training is like, etc. Don't ask them for jobs at that venue. They too are there to see colleagues and network, not as hiring managers. Collect business cards. If you don't have personal business cards, have some printed. After meeting some profesionals, see if you can meet for coffee or on the phone for an informational interview so you can learn more about them and they can learn about you. They will know about resources in your community and be able to answer your questions, maybe even look at your resume with you.

Also, if you're a PRSA member, one of the benefits is mentoring with a College of Fellows member. That person can give you more specific information related to your skills and help you learn more about our profession.

Good luck in your transition.
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 25,2016 08:36 AM -- submitted by: Leslie
Q12: I've recently graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in Public Admin and Management. I'm struggling to find work anywhere as I have 0 years experience. Currently, I'm a preschool teacher, so I feel even further removed from the PR job-iverse. Would I be better off going back for my Masters? Or should I continue my search in a different way? I've been using mainly Indeed and State of Michigan job posting sites.

A12: In seeking a PR position, it's important to have knowledge, skills and abilities within the PR function. From your degree title, it's unclear if you have that or not. Does your resume make that connection for potential hiring managers?

Most positions are filled through personal references. Who you know and what they know about you are important. Are you networking within the PR community? If not, start today. Connect with the local chapters of PRSA, IABC or other communications/public relations groups active in your community. Attend events. Meet professionals. Give and obtain business cards. Follow up later and ask if the person has time to talk with you about how he or she started in the PR profession, what the job involves and learn more about your local PR community.

If you are a member of PRSA, you can take advantage of mentorship program which is a free member benefit. That person will be able to learn more about you, review your resume, etc.

Good luck. It's a wonderful profession.

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

  posted: July 16,2016 10:31 AM -- submitted by: Rachel
Q13: I applied for an out of state job, stating I planned on moving to the area. I definitely will move to the area, but I want to secure a job before that. After a phone interview I got an email stating I didn't get the job but when I move to the area they would like to meet with me. I am not sure how to respond since I prefer to hold off on the move until a job is secured. How should I respond in this circumstance? Are they still interested?

A13: Rachel--

Sounds like a standoff: You don't want to move before having a job; they don't want to meet with you until you live in the area. It's up to you to decide whether or not to gamble that there is a "real job" there if you move.

I suppose your best option is to respond that you definitely will move to the area if you secure the job and would like to go to the area to meet with them. Then see what happens.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 12,2016 07:22 PM -- submitted by: Gary O'Neil Youngblood Jr.
Q14: I am struggling to break into the field of public relations from my previous career as a Paramedic. I would love to combine the two but at this point, I have all but given up all hope of such luck. I continue to apply for PR related jobs but I feel like my experience in Emergency Medicine (10+ years) is overshadowing my limited experience in PR. Anyone have advice or suggestions on how to overcome this? What types of industries would be interested in someone with my credentials? Thanks so much!

A14: Jobs are frequently found through referrals. Are you networking within your local PR community? Look for professional organizations, such as PRSA. Attend meetings and events and get to know the professionals in your area. Exchange business cards. Later call or email those professionals and ask if they are willing to talk with you about the PR profession and their paths to their current positions. Let them know your career aspirations and ask for advice. Don't forget to send a thank you note.

Potential fields: health care, insurance, non-profit groups focused on a specific disease or condition.

Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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

  posted: July 6,2016 04:38 PM -- submitted by: Ayelén
Q15: Hi! I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I'm 28 years old. I've graduated already with a 6-years degree in biochemistry but I became interested in PR studies. Would you recommend me doing a master in public relations right away, or would it be better to go for an undergraduate degree first, given that I have no academic background in the communications field? Could you recommend me any program or university for any of both scenarios? Thanks in advance!! Ayelen

A15: Ayelén--

The Public Relations Society of America ( provides a directory of universities that offer educational programs in public relations. That directory is available at

One of the universities is Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. You might want to see what that university offers.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 6,2016 04:28 PM -- submitted by: azam
Q16: Sir.I am a btech graduate and I want to work in Saudi Arabia.i dont have any experience .few days back I have heard that expatriate engineers should have 3 years of experience to get the job it true?.plz reply.

A16: Azam--

This website is intended to provide information for those seeking positions and advancement in public relations. We are not equipped to answer international engineering questions.

Perhaps an engineering association can be of help.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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