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  posted: July 6,2016 04:38 PM -- submitted by: Ayelén
Q21: 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

A21: Ayelén--

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA.org) provides a directory of universities that offer educational programs in public relations. That directory is available at http://prsa.vendorguides.com/.

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
Q22: 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 Saudi.is it true?.plz reply.

A22: 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

  posted: July 6,2016 04:26 PM -- submitted by: Barbara Goodman
Q23: I just returned to DC last month after many years in LA and I would like to contribute my background and experience toward an administrative position at a DC PR Firm. I am having a hard time finding which staffing agencies are used by PR Firms for admin roles.

A23: Barbara--

You'll need to ask DC local PR professionals about staffing agencies that are used by PR firms for administrative services.

Your best source for information may be the DC Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, https://www.prsa-ncc.org/.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 6,2016 04:22 PM -- submitted by: Con M
Q24: Hi

I will be graduating from a PRSA accredited program at Seneca College. I will have a Graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Toronto, Canada.

What advice would you give for finding employment stateside? Is it easier to find opportunities if you come from a PRSA recognized program? Thanks.

A24: Finding a position in the USA while not living in this country is difficult. That is especially true when you have little or no “real-life” experience. Public relations position are quite competitive, whether the position is called public relations, corporate communications, public affairs or another title.

If you visit the USA, focus your attention on organizations in the cities you will visit. Try to attend a meeting of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) chapter in one or more cities. (See https://www.prsa.org/Network/Chapters/Find/index.html#.VgF5apoQW1s to find a chapter.) Meet PR professionals; exchange business cards; follow up immediately by email or phone. Ask for 20-minute meetings (in person or by phone) to get overviews of the market and contacts. Finding a job is much easier if you KNOW the person whom you are contacting.

Finding a position will be much easier if you have a resume that includes an internship during which you would work under the direction of a PR professional. An internship allows you to produce examples of your writing and other skills that will be attractive to prospective employers.

While graduating from a PRSA recognized program would be of interest to prospective employers who are involved in PRSA, your skills, experience, enthusiasm and outgoing personality are much more important.

Let me suggest that you try to locate a job where you are. You’ll probably find that locating a new position is easier when you are employed and gaining experience.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 6,2016 04:13 PM -- submitted by: Giselle
Q25: How can I get started in the PR field as a recent college graduate (communication and sociology degree) who has had mainly journalism, legal, and administrative experience? And do advertising and PR follow this same path, or do the two fields work closely together? Also, if it makes a difference, I currently live and work in NYC.

A25: Giselle—
You have a good start, with your experience in journalism and your degree in communication and sociology. And you are in the USA’s largest market for journalism and public relations.

The “common denominator” for journalism, PR and advertising is WRITING. It’s the basis for all three fields. Journalism and public relations writing are quite similar; advertising writing is very different. Marketing combines the three and relies heavily on research-based decision making.

A difficulty you face is that graduates who have specialized in public relations have been taught skills that you will need. And most of them have experience in PR writing labs and in “real life” internships, working under the direction of professionals. That experience makes them highly desirable to employers.

To “catch up,” you would do well to check out the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) process at http://www.praccreditation.org/apply/apr/. You might find that process helpful, whether or not you continue through the Accreditation process. You could use “2016 Competencies/KSAs Tested in Examination” to evaluate your own KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities). If you find deficiencies, go to http://www.praccreditation.org/resources/recommended-texts/index.html and select a book or books that you believe will be helpful.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: May 31,2016 09:30 AM -- submitted by: Preston
Q26: What's most effective way to market experience over education?

Specifically, I'm a Air Force veteran with three years' experience and an AS while still in school for my BS. I rarely make it through an ATS to human hands. When I receive callbacks, they're for unpaid or minimum wage positions. Obviously, I'm doing something wrong.

What steps should I be taking to be competitive for a position and make a living until my BS graduation?

A26: Preston,
Thank you for serving our country. PRSA has put together a toolkit to help with the transition -- here's the URL http://www.prsa.org/jobcenter/military/military_career_toolkit/

In addition, you might want to connect with a mentor through the PRSA mentor program, which is a member benefit. Ask for someone with a military background. If you are a student, we also have a PRSSA program. Check the PRSA website if your campus doesn't have a chapter.

Beyond those resources, networking with existing public relations professionals is a good place to begin learning more about PR in your community. Attend chapter meetings, meet people and exchange business cards. If you don't have cards, you can get them printed reasonably on line or at a local business products store. Follow up with a phone call or email to the people you've met and ask for an informational interview. Go prepared with your resume and questions.

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

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