From a young age, I knew I wanted to pursue a job where I got to talk to people and help others. When starting college, I declared speech pathology as my major. I was certain that was what I wanted to do with my career. My goal was to work with children. However, after my freshman year, something did not feel right. I decided I wanted to do something more dynamic. After careful consideration, I decided public relations sounded interesting. After researching the field, I knew it was the right fit for me. Here are just a few of the reasons public relations is my chosen career path:
I have a very outgoing and extroverted personality. I have always loved talking to and meeting new people regardless of the setting. As a child, I “interviewed” everyone I met. I love discovering interesting facts about others. “I have never met a stranger,” is a very accurate cliché to describe me. I have a knack for getting to know people and making them comfortable. As a public relations practitioner, a lot of time is spent interacting face-to-face with people. Forming relationships with journalists, customers and co- workers is imperative to being a successful public relations practitioner. In order to excel, a big personality is a must.
Public relations is a fast-paced career. Each day offers something new and different. From a young age, I knew a desk job would not suit me. I have never been good at sitting still and doing the same monotonous tasks every day. I prefer a constantly changing environment and consider myself a busybody. The primary role of a practitioner is the communication management between your organization and its audience. This means new issues and creative situations are arising each day, making day-to-day life fast-paced and ever-changing.
Obtaining a degree in public relations creates many opportunities. During my tenure at Auburn, I have not only learned exactly what public relations is and expanded my writing skills, but I have also improved my public speaking and leadership skills. Graduating with a degree in public relations will help me to secure a job in many different industries. After graduation, I hope to use my degree to pursue public relations for a company with a focus in event planning.
Most public relations personnel will eventually face a crisis management situation within their organization. My skill set is particularly adept at handling these types of circumstances. Problem solving is one of my greatest strengths. Typically, stress levels are high and practitioners must act quickly during a crisis. I work best under pressure and stress. Crisis management was a key aspect that really appealed to me during my classroom instruction.
In summary, I feel poised and prepared to execute my career plans – in only five short months, when graduation arrives. My college classes have helped me to improve upon my strengths and provided the tools I need to overcome my weaknesses. In all, my skill set has been refined and will continue to grow.
For more information on what a career as a public relations practitioner involves, click here. http://www.ereleases.com/pr-fuel/what-it-takes-to-be-a-pr-person/
For information on Auburn University’s public relations program, click here. http://www.cla.auburn.edu/cmjn/public-relations/