Will A Post Secondary Education In PR Be Worthwhile?

Posted by | August 19, 2012 | Public Relations

Choosing a career path is never easy but you’ve managed to figure it out – you want to work in public relations! Your insatiable curiosity for all things media, your ability to diffuse any crisis and your strong writing skills makes public relations an ideal career path for you. But will a degree in public relations really get you on the right track? The answer is yes.

An undergraduate degree in English, Communications, Journalism or Liberal Arts is a great start. Whichever field you decide to major in, a diversified course load is recommended because having a broad knowledge base is essential. Look for programs that include co-op opportunities. Gaining experience while in school is the best way to learn about public relations. It’s one thing to read about PR in a textbook, it’s another to apply it in the real work environment. Experience is valuable and the PR industry is one that views internships and co-op programs noteworthy assets on your resume.

The world of public relations is ever-changing so stay on top of industry trends and keep up with current news issues. Your interest and passion for PR will naturally push you further and fuel your desire to learn more – continuous learning never hurts. Ghandi said it best: “Learn as if you were to live forever.” Be creative, be involved and be current!

A degree coupled with relevant internships and/or work experience will help you stand out from the crowd. Choosing the right program will depend on many factors. So, to get you started please take a look at some programs offered across the country in no particular order:

• Langara College: Journalism

• Simon Fraser University: Communications

• University of Calgary: Communications and Culture

• MacEwan University: Communication Studies

• University of Regina: Journalism

• Red River College: Creative Communications

• Carleton University: School of Journalism and Communication

• Conestoga College: School of Media and Design

• Humber College: School of Media Studies and Information Technology

• Ryerson University: Journalism

~ Jennee Rasavong is an administrative professional and a freelance Writer.

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