My Causerie

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." ~ Ronald Reagan

Are you preparing for your career? October 13, 2014

Filed under: ACS 213,ACS 313 — mycauserie @ 12:20 am

WritingStudents in the Department of Applied Communication Studies are taking advantage of writing opportunities that provide writing practice and strengthen their professional portfolios.

Kiley Herndon, SIUE PRSSA Chapter president, was a guest blogger for BurrellsLuce where she talked about Gini Dietrich’s recent visit to SIUE for the digital communication seminar that PRSSA and ELLA hosted Sept. 19.

Olivia Heller, who attended the digital communication seminar, wrote a news release about the event that was published on the College of Arts and Sciences’ website and the PRSSA National website.

Megan Hanak wrote a direct mail letter as part of an ACS 313 class assignment. The SIUE PRSSA Chapter used her letter as part of their fall membership drive. The letter was sent to prospective PRSSA members and resulted in more students deciding to join PRSSA this semester.

If you haven’t stepped up to the plate (no post-season pun intended) to find more writing opportunities, consider the time and energy you put into your blog. Are you making the most of this weekly writing opportunity? If you need more incentive besides the possible points earned for the assignment, read the 5 Reasons Every PR Student Should Blog. Your weekly posts are far more valuable to you than the 10 points you earn in class.

You might also want to read the tips in Jeannine Wheeler’s post “Are PR Students Ready for a Changing Industry?” Although social media and technology skills are certainly needed, I like that strong writing skills never go out of style. This was also highlighted by many of the professionals at last week’s PRSSA round tables event. Members had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with five area public relations professionals, walking away with tips on everything from networking to interviewing and everything in between.

Whether you are one semester away from graduating or three years, now is the time to start preparing for the career you want. Start today.

In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk!









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