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There are currently 634 questions posted.

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  posted: June 8,2015 03:06 PM -- submitted by: Annie
Q16: I just started a new job where the person I'm replacing is still in the job. I'm supposed to be shadowing her (which we did the first week) but now in the second week she hasn't shown me anything new. So I feel like a slob at my desk because she hasn't given me any work to do. I asked if she needed help with anything but she just says not right now. I would like to take on more responsibility. Should I just wait till she's gone to ask our boss for more work or can I go the boss now ?

A16: Annie--

Don't go "over the head" of your supervisor. Let her know that you want to learn from her experience. Ask her to teach you how to ____________ (one skill at a time).

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

  posted: May 27,2015 01:17 PM -- submitted by: Nick
Q17: What professional field will need the most people and have the least competition in the future? I'm trying to choose a career to study for, I have no particular interests and don't find that very important. I want the best opportunities to make the most money while on the design and planning side.

A17: Nick--

We are only human, and we have no crystal ball, so we have no way to provide the information you seek.

Best of luck in your search for the pot of gold.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: May 8,2015 11:59 AM -- submitted by: Bria Woods
Q18: New grad just 6 days ago. I still need an internship to complete my graduation requirements. I would like to get an entry level job in PR or event planning that can sign off on my 120 hour internship requirement.
What do you suggest !

A18: Bria--

Attend the next meeting of the PRSA chapter that's nearest to where you are. If you can't do that, go to and locate the website of that chapter. Then contact some of the chapter's leaders and ask them the same question you posted here.

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

  posted: May 5,2015 10:59 PM -- submitted by: Rachel
Q19: Hi!
I am working on a project for my Graduate PR class and I was hoping you could provide me insight into a few things.

First, I was wondering what value you place on research and planning when it comes to your profession?

Next, I was also wondering your opinion on how social media is impacting and changing PR work?


A19: Rachel,
These are both good questions. I think you would benefit from having a discussion with a PR professional about both of these issues. My answering these questions will be pretty one dimensional -- if you were to talk with someone you would be able to ask follow up questions and get insights that you won't get from this exchange.

In addition, it is a perfect opportunity to network with PR professionals. I suggest you connect with your local PRSA chapter president or one of the other officers. You can find the president's name on this website -- look under communities.

Without knowing what your class project is, it's hard to know if these are really the best questions for you to be exploring. Both seem to have been asked and answered many times over. If you were to speak directly with a person, he or she could help you explore what questions really get to the information you want/need. Your results will be richer and your experience more beneficial to you.

Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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

  posted: May 5,2015 10:45 PM -- submitted by: Renee
Q20: I'm currently up for two jobs and need to decide which one to accept. One Is franchise sales mon-fri with 2 days/wk from home, a base of 80k plus commissions. it is offered through the organization I've worked for since 2007. The other is a general manager position for a 10yr old organization working for franchisees. I'll work from home as they build the facility and wil have flexible hours after they open. Same base plus 10k signing bonus and commissions.

A20: Renee,
Congratulations on having two potential jobs to pick from. I assume your question is which job to take. That is a question only you can answer.

However, here are some things to think about which might help you answer your questions. What is your overall, long-term career goal? Which of these two positions would help you get closer to that goal? What new skills would you learn in each job? Are they skills your need to realize your long-term career goal? You have 8 years with the first company. Is this a company you want to stay with? Are the mission, vision, culture compatible with your life values? What about the other company's? Which company offers the best fit for you at this point in your career and in your life?

Do you have a mentor or someone you trust at work? Have you talked with that person about your decision? Having a face-to-face conversation with someone you trust would be a good starting point. That person will have insights into you as a person, your goals, your life style, personality, etc. All those things should be considered when making a career decision.

Good luck. I hope your new job turns out to be the job of your dreams.

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

  posted: May 5,2015 10:35 PM -- submitted by: harsh
Q21: Hello,First of all I want to tell you about myself,I am pursuing btech from a repetitive college,currently I have given my 3rd year exam but I am very confuse about my career- I want to do job and want to place in a good company from campus.I love coding and code regularly .I also know web technologies and have developed a mini projects(front end).I love java and also developed mini projects in java.My problem is I don't have any major project neither in web nor in java.And I don't have a in

A21: Thank you for connecting with us. It appears that you are a computer and information technology professional. This site offers assistance to public relations and communications professionals.

I suggest you go on line and look for an IT professional organization and ask them your questions. They will have the expertise to assist you.

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

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