Reality Check: Your Public Relations Career May Start With a Post-Grad Internship

PR Students: Reality check time! This was originally written and posted over 2 years ago, yet every bit of it rings true today. For those of you who just recently graduated or are planning to graduate in May. Read on …

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Hats off to those PR students who recently graduated, and to those who are about to walk—in your commencement ceremony and into the next chapter of your lives! You are likely now focused on the job search.  Many grads will quickly realize that they don’t have what it takes to get that entry-level job. Yes, I know entry-level would seem to indicate just that—no experience required, but in PR (and some other industries as well) things work a bit differently.  Most entry-level public relations jobs ask for at least one year of experience. In some cases, they may also ask for additional skills such as graphic design, publication layout, web coding—ones that are historically outside the realm of traditional PR or summer internships. While it can seem frustrating that to get work experience you need work experience, there is a way to…

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