College Majors: What to consider when switching to PR

Deciding what college major to pursue can be a very tough decision that could possibly have an everlasting effect on the rest of your life. To pick the right major is a task that can perplex even the best of students.

“How can I possibly know what I’m mean to do for the rest of my life?”

This is a question that all college students have to answer and may take some time to figure out. It’s a daunting task to find your calling and it may be an ongoing journey to know what suits you best.

Source: Fast Web

Source: Fast Web

Switching majors isn’t uncommon and many student studying public relations at EMU didn’t initially plan on following that career choice when they started as freshmen. For example, quite a few EMU PRSSA e-board members didn’t start our as PR majors when they first stepped onto campus.

But, if you’re thinking of switching to PR, here are some tips that will help you adapt:

  • Be up to date on all social media sites – new and old
  • Get involved in PRSSA to hear speakers talk about relevant topics and important issues
  • Realize that this is a unique job field and being creative and thinking outside of the box is necessary
  • Learn how to write well and write often to sharpen your skills
  • Learn AP Style
  • Look into internships – they are required for the PR major, but more importantly, they provide experience and could turn into a real paid position
  •  Start to look at what the PR career field entails It encompasses a lot of different entities and may not be for everyone

The public relations officer can take on many different positions for a company, organization or individual. Being versatile is something you can’t learn in a classroom but have to acquire through different life experiences.

There are many different things to consider when deciding if a career in PR is for you. If you have questions, talk to an advisor or professor. It’s not a “one size fits all” career, but if it sounds intriguing, it could be the perfect fit for an outgoing and undecided student.

Ken Bowen
Vice President of Professional Development

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