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  posted: December 19,2015 10:30 AM -- submitted by: Sumera Primuswala
Q6: I have a question regarding job offers. I received offer from a company A and was waiting for an offer from another company B that I really wanted to join and a company C as well. In order to expedite their offers I emailed them saying I had received offer from a company A and I would like to know my status with company B and C , and when I could expect an offer. Both rejected me. Would my email have affected their decision on extending me an offer ?

A6: That's hard to say. I suspect that B and C thought you were trying to get them to increase their offers--to put pressure on them to hire you. So your emails probably affected their decisions.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: December 13,2015 05:26 PM -- submitted by: James
Q7: Hello,
I am 32 and have worked professionally in banking for 11 years. I am 7 classes away from my BA in Strat Comm and want nothing more than to transition from banking to PR/Corp Comm. Since I'm working full time and cannot take but 1 class per semester right now, it's going to be some time before I actually have my degree.
Is my only realistic opportunity to wait until I finish my degree to transition to PR work short of landing an internship? (Can't join PRSA until i graduate?)

A7: James--

Public relations is an extremely diverse field, and it provides many kinds of opportunities. As you will see on https://www.prsa.org/JoinUs/HowToJoin/index.html#.Vm3MK5rMu1s, you can join PRSA as an Associate member. I suggest that you do that and get involved in the PRSA chapter that's nearest your home.

You might be able to find a PRSA member who would allow you to "shadow" him or her, to learn more about what a person does in their daily professional life.

It is not essential to have a college degree to be successful in a chosen profession. The problem, of course, is to find an organization that will give you an opportunity when there are many people with degrees who are competing for jobs.

With your banking experience, looking for an opportunity to "shadow" a professional in banking might be a good idea. Thinking positively, wouldn't it be great to find a shadowing opportunity that would lead to a job even while you're working on your degree? I'd give it a try, if I were you.

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

  posted: December 13,2015 02:49 PM -- submitted by: Rebecca Burn
Q8: Hi, I am a Public Relations Senior Account Executive born and based in Australia. I have a Bachelor of Business majoring in Public Relations, and a Bachelor of Media and Communications. I'm looking to relocate to the US and work in the public relations field but have no idea where to start. Any tips?

A8: Rebecca--

Searching for a position in another USA city where the candidate doesn't live is difficult. It's even more difficult if you live in another country.

If you have the resources that will allow you to move, select a major city, and examine that city's PRSA chapter. Look at the positions held by the chapter's board members, and that will give you some idea of the diversity of the PR job market in that area.

Go to www.prsa.org and select "Latest Jobs." That will take you into PRSA's Job Center, where you can search for job openings by location, industry, etc.

Best of luck to you!


expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: December 13,2015 02:43 PM -- submitted by: Amy
Q9: Hello! I am currently a teacher in NYC. I've been teaching various grade and subjects in an Elementary school for 12 years. I am considering a career change, and I'm interested in a communications/public relations position. What sort of qualifications do most employers look for (school/experience/etc.)?

Thank you in advance for your help!

A9: Amy--

Public relations is a career field that includes many diverse positions. In addition to the term "public relations," the field is often called "corporate communication," "public information" or "public affairs," depending on the organization.

You would do well to go to http://new.praccreditation.org/resources/documents/apr-study-guide.pdf and examine the study guide for Accreditation in Public Relations. That document contains details that will "fill you in" on what goes on in public relations.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: November 18,2015 04:37 PM -- submitted by: Mykala
Q10: Hello! I am a student in college and I am double majoring in Communication Studies and Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations. My advisers recently told me that I need to select a minor. I am debating between minoring in Health Sciences and Marketing. I believe that Marketing would give me a broader range of job opportunities, but I have always been interested in the health community. Which minor do you think would give me a better job outlook, etc? Thanks!

A10: Mykala--

Either Health Sciences or Marketing will make an excellent minor for you. If you are sure that you will pursue a career in healthcare, then Health Sciences is best. But, as you said, Marketing will give you a broader range of job opportunities, because Marketing is essential in every corporation, business, government and nonprofit organization.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: November 11,2015 05:50 PM -- submitted by: Kara
Q11: My work includes 6 years in economic development and 7 years as a business owner (construction and non-profit consulting). PR has been part of every job I've had, along with marketing, community relations & overall financial/ staff management. I want to focus more on PR by moving into an in-house corporate position, but am not getting much traction. (I've started going to PRSA meetings and am studying for APR). Any tips on how to best position myself and what job level I should be looking at?

A11: Kara--

You are doing exactly what you need to do! Use the free Accreditation Study Guide to assess "where you are" in PR (Download the guide at http://www.praccreditation.org/resources/documents/apr-study-guide.pdf.) Where you have weaknesses, as we all do, use seminars, books, and mentors to "fill in the gaps."

Look for PRSA members who work in economic development and construction and ask for their advice. Don't overlook nonprofits as potential employers!

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

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