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  posted: June 11,2014 10:57 AM -- submitted by: shruti kaushal
Q21: 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?

A21: 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

  posted: June 10,2014 10:00 AM -- submitted by: Tejas
Q22: Hello sir,
I recently completed a diploma in electrical engg..but i want to take admission in computer science & engg...so is that possible to switch over the branch while taking admission in degree after completion of diploma.??

A22: This site focuses on public relations and communications. We are not experts in engineering.

I recommend you talk with the guidance counselors at your the institution where you completed your electrical engineering work.

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

  posted: June 5,2014 11:21 AM -- submitted by: Steve Guenza
Q23: Hi,
I am writing for my son. He just attended our local community college and has been accepted to Boston Univesity and to University of San Diego. He is majoring in Communication with an emphasis on Public Relations. He knows that Boston is superior with its communication program, but is about 3 times more expensive. Our question is, How important to employers is a degree from Boston vs. San Diego? Is is really worth the price for his future? He would be in about 80k in student debt with BU

A23: Many variables will change the answer to the question. Each employer has his or her preferences and prejudices. Here are some questions for your son to ponder.

Is your son's intent to work on the east or west coast?
Is he planning to work in a corporation, government, nonprofit organization?
Is he planning to work immediately following graduation or go to graduate school?
How much has he or have you saved for his education?
Can he earn scholarships?

I suggest your son -- not you -- make a comparison of what he knows about each college, questions he has about each, possibilities he sees in each and where his passion lies related to each institution. Putting those things on paper often clarifies thinking.

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

  posted: June 5,2014 11:12 AM -- submitted by: Illya
Q24: I need to be able to attend a course on Wednesday later afternoons, but I also need to work full time. Do I not bother applying to 9-5 positions or should I try anyway? If so, when do I disclose? I'm afraid that if I say so in the cover letter I'll never get an interview. Do I hedge my bets and try to win them over during the interview and then tell me, but risk wasting people's time?

A24: I have never found hard and fast rules for this type of thing. You should be very clear on what this class is, if it is work related (skills that will help your employer achieve its goals), what is the duration of the class, why you need to take it and why only at that time, are there others involved, is it court ordered, etc.

Your conscience will need to guide you on how you handle it once you have clarity around the why of it being during normal work hours. Many companies have flexible scheduling -- just one of many variables that might affect a reaction.

Often during the interview and hiring process, employers are willing to adapt to special situations like this. During your initial exploration of the company and networking of people already employed there, ask about flexibility and accommodation. Do your homework so you know how to build your case and adapt your question to the company's policies.

Good luck.
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA


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

  posted: May 22,2014 09:23 AM -- submitted by: Sans
Q25: I got 72.67% in PCB in my ISC. Will I get good medical college. I want to be a gynaecologist.

A25: This site provides information for people in the public relations/communications field. You will need to seek a site related to medical school and health care to get an answer to your question.

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

  posted: May 10,2014 10:44 AM -- submitted by: vidhya
Q26: sir,i passed SSLC with 94% ,passed +2 with 83% and now i am a final year bsc computer science student.I joined a bank coaching institute,but i would like to continue my studies.Sir please suggest a good course and university so that i can continue my studies as distant along with bank coaching.

A26: From your message, it appears your are a computer science major. This is not our area of expertise. We are public relations and communications professionals.

I suggest you look on line for a professional IT site which offers help for computer science students.

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

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