Time is going by so fast. So. Fast.
It seems like yesterday I started my PR program and was nervous about what we were supposed to accomplish in the next 9 weeks. It seems like a lot, but that’s probably because it is. We’re learning an entire field of work in 9 weeks.
It’s intense, but here I am. Classroom portion done, now finished my first week of practicum.
I’m really happy that I chose to do this program. It’s incredibly interesting and has already changed a lot of the ways that I’ve looked at the media and communications.
PR isn’t just about being a spokesperson for a company. One of the first things people would ask me about when I told them I was doing this course was if I was going to be on the news like all the media people for different police and RCMP departments.
But it’s a vast field to be involved in. Crisis communications, which is my new current obsession in the media (Penn State?!?), would be fun. As would company communications (which I’m currently doing in my practicum). Social media is one of the loves of my life, it’s a huge part of my practicum and something I would love to keep working with.
And then there’s writing. I get to write all the time. This makes me so happy. So very happy.
I wrote blog post after blog post after blog post for the company website this week. They’re witty, awesome and lovely. Unfortunately it’s internal so no one but employees of the company (which if you haven’t noticed, I’m not mentioning here) will get the pleasure of reading them. But I was in heaven writing these things, because you know what… I love to write. No secret, but this course has solidified it for me.
The course has also made me into more of a grammar nazi. I’m pretty sure at this point if you can’t properly use there/their/they’re or your/you’re I can’t be friends with you. Or we can still be friends but you may stop after I send back your emails with links to proper grammar usage (I only ask that you tell me to my face why you’re no longer my friend, it’s the proper thing to do).
I’ve also met some pretty fabulous people, both fellow students and the teachers we’ve had. The PR scene is pretty small here, so to have great networking connections has been one of the best thing to come out this course. Second best to making great friendships with my classmates, of course. Seeing everyone 5 days a week, 7 hours a day as your energy and motivations dwindle to levels no coffee will cure (but glow stick hats will always make better) will bond a group pretty fast.
Two more weeks and I’ll be finished. It’s all going by so fast and I’m nervous to rejoin the 99% and get a job (although the -0.5 student/unpaid intern % kinda sucks for my bank account).
If anyone knows of companies hiring people for PR or communications positions let me know, I’ll be needing work soon!
And if you’re on Linked-In, link me in.