Wise words

5 Dec

Last night, a successful graduate of this course spoke to some of our current students. Thank you Justin. (Even better, the lecturers sat down and shut up for once.)

Chatting afterwards, a more recent graduate gave some valuable advice to students deciding whether to take a year’s placement. You face competition for placements at big blue chip companies (she worked at BMW) – but only from other PR students. When it comes to graduate job seeking, the PR graduate finds herself up against graduates from any other degree and all universities, old and new.

Emma is enjoying working for a small consultancy – and I’m convinced she has a great career ahead of her.

3 Responses to “Wise words”

  1. Heather Yaxley 05/12/2006 at 12:08 pm #

    Richard – placement students aren’t just facing competition from PR rivals. In my experience of the dozen or so placement students in motor industry PR departments each year, about half are from other disciplines, notably business studies.

  2. Richard Bailey 05/12/2006 at 12:27 pm #

    Thanks, Heather. Emma did make just this point, but I’d abbreviated her thoughts when I came to blog.
    But competition from Business Studies and PR students is still a different thing from competition from all graduates with degrees from Archaeology to Zoology which can happen in graduate recruitment rounds.

  3. Richard Millington 07/12/2006 at 11:55 am #

    I think there are a lot of comparisions with writing. We had a lady who did work experience with us recently whislt taking a degree in agriculture. She now does agriculture PR for a different company.
    It’s easier to understand a specialist field then learn pr, than it is to learn PR and develop a specialist field.

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