By: Irene Pool
Throughout college you constantly have the idea of an internship thrown at you: “It’s great hands on experience,” “internships are a great way to build your resume.” But what you may not realize is that you can also network and gain knowledge from professionals.
Because PR professionals have been in the field for many years, they can be a great tool to use for learning the ins and outs of your field. They can show you tricks or even shortcuts to certain scenarios or simply give you some advice on how to get out of a crisis situation.
Constantly ask for advice- you never know what type of information you will receive. Asking questions is not always a bad thing. It shows that you are willing to learn and hear what others have to say. People that have been in the field for a while are always willing to help others out.
With technology constantly changing and the use of social media skyrocketing, connection with professionals is at your fingertips. You can connect with people from all over the world with the use of social media and monitor what they are saying. People are constantly posting information or sharing information that they have found useful and want to spread the word.
The downfall of connecting with professionals over social media is trying to talk one-on-one with them. If someone has over 1,000 followers, it’s more likely that they have a large amount of notifications coming in each day. When this occurs, you should keep an eye open for who they are connecting with; see what they are talking about and even what the other party is involved with.
Going forward, don’t be afraid to ask a question or for someone’s opinion. When you keep quiet, you can’t learn anything new.
Irene Pool is Vice President of Public Relations for EMU PRSSA.