You’ve finished your exams, you’ve handed in your dissertation and you’re no longer a PR student. So now what?
Before you chuck all your books in the bin and spend the next few weeks in your pants eating shortbread and watching Jeremy Kyle, here’s a few things you might like to consider doing.
Make a note of important ideas in your text books. Whether that be a summary of important info from each book, or even just taking a photo of pages you found particularly inspiring. Then sell the books on at a bargain price to the students in the years below you. Don’t wait too long or they’ll be out dated and you’ll have problems clawing back any cash on them.
Connect on LinkedIn and Twitter with all your fellow students and PR academics. If you’ve not already done this, do it before it’s too late. Students in your class will (hopefully) go on to work in PR and you’ll be starting out together so in fifteen years time when you’re all Head of Communications somewhere it’ll be useful to have a network of peers to bounce ideas off of. PR academics are incredibly well connected so it’s worth connecting with them too as they’ll be able to flag job opportunities not only now, when you’re starting out, but further down the line too.
volunteer to write a guest blog for a well known PR blogger
You’ve not got your university work as an excuse now so if your blog has been languishing untouched for a while, now’s the time to dust it off and get writing. Blogs are a brilliant way of networking with other PR professionals and getting your name out in front of potential employers. Even better, volunteer to write a guest blog for a well known PR blogger which will not only raise your profile but also get traffic driven back to your site.
A portfolio is something that will stay with you throughout your professional life and will be constantly updated. It’s a brilliant way of showcasing ideas, your writing abilities and any coverage you may have achieved on internships or work placements. Make sure it’s printed on good quality paper and presented in a tidy fashion.
Setting yourself an annual goal is a brilliant way to ensure you don’t stop learning once you leave university.
Yes, you want a job but beyond that what standards are you going to set for yourself? Setting yourself an annual goal is a brilliant way to ensure you don’t stop learning once you leave university. You might decide to write a book, blog every day for a year, sign up for a CPD programme with a professional body or just have a certain amount of Twitter followers by this time next year. Whatever you set your sights on, figure out how you’re going to achieve it and then go for it!