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  posted: May 10,2014 10:44 AM -- submitted by: vidhya
Q21: 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.

A21: 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

  posted: May 5,2014 07:02 PM -- submitted by: samarth
Q22: what is the starting salary after the completion of the german language course and what are the future prospectives??

A22: What are you planning to do with your German language degree? You will need to look at the industry you wish to work in -- interpretive services, foreign service, banking, etc.

Once you have determined that, you will want to explore the industry and connect with professional industries in that field.

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

  posted: May 5,2014 01:08 PM -- submitted by: Angelica Klarman
Q23: I am a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where I received a bachelor degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications. I am struggling to get a job. I was wondering if you can give me any advice on how to land my first job out of college.

Thank you.

A23: Angelica,
The simple answer is always network. But before you begin networking, do you have a well done and professional looking resume? Do you have business cards? Do you have a template for an excellent cover letter?

Once you have all those things in place, connect with your instructors and ask them for names of people with whom you can network. Request a 15-20 minute informational interview with these people and find out how they began their career and tips they may have that apply to your specific industry. Also ask for recommendations of other people with whom you can talk.

Finding a job is your current full-time job, so approach it as you would any job. Spend 8 hour a day working at it and keep talking to people.

You might also want to attend some local chapter PRSA meetings to meet PR professionals and learn more about their careers and how they practice PR.

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

  posted: April 30,2014 10:50 AM -- submitted by: Stefanie
Q24: I am 29 and have two B.A. degrees (Comm/Poli Sci) as well as a J.D. In school I was involved in PRSSA, Student Government, the student tv show, and did a press internship in D.C. with a US Senator's office. While in D.C. I did research for the Senator's staff attorneys, which prompted my interest in law school. I have been an oil and gas/civil litigation attorney for 3 years now. However, every day I wish I were working in media/government/public relations. Any advice on making a career change?

A24: Stefanie,
Thanks for the question. Law and public relations are an excellent combination. Have you considered crisis communications?

Start by spending some time on PRSA's Capital Chapter website, attend some events and network with PR professionals who are in the areas you wish to explore. Or call the chapter president and ask for names and contact information for the best crisis communications professionals in the chapter -- and then call those contacts. The more you learn about the field of public relations, the more you will know where or if you want to pursue a career in crisis communications specifically or public relations more generally. Or perhaps something completely different.

Talking with professionals engaged in the fields you are considering should give you insight that will help you make a decision.

Don't forget about your colleagues from your days with the Senator. They will have many contacts with whom you can network.

Also, the international PRSA conference is in DC this fall -- mid October. You might want to attend.

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

  posted: April 30,2014 10:40 AM -- submitted by: Ranjeet
Q25: I am pursuing my Mtech in Computer Engineering.
Presently I am woring as JRF on Medical data security project.
I want to ask about which job options should I choose.

A25: Ranjeet,
This site if specific to people with careers in communications and public relations. I recommend you seek advise from someone in computer technology who can answer your questions with the knowledge of that industry.

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

  posted: April 30,2014 10:38 AM -- submitted by: TIM LLOYD
Q26: I'm 55. Do you see age as an obstacle to overcome. Also, what kind of appearance is looked for.

A26: Tim,
I believe age is a factor in employment. You can, however, turn it into a positive for you by focusing on your accomplishments and skills. A desired appearance is largely dependent on the part of the world where you live, the industry where you are seeking a position, the time of the year, etc.

You might want to find a local career consultant who could give you insight into your part of the world. Outplacement organizations might also be able to answer your questions.

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

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