What are you doing Monday? One thing you should have on your to-do list is to stop by the Public Relations Student Society of America table during the Activities Fair in the Goshen today or tomorrow. The SIUE PRSSA Chapter officers will be there to answer your questions and share their enthusiasm about what PRSSA membership has done for them.
You do not have to be a public relations major to join PRSSA. Reaping the benefits of membership in this professional student organization can apply to anyone. Being a more effective communicator and having opportunities to expand your professional network are beneficial to any career field.
The old adage “it’s not what you know, but who you know” is more important than ever in today’s job market. As a PRSSA member, you have the opportunity to attend local, regional and national events and meet professionals from a wide range of industries: technology, finance, entertainment, sports, food, fashion…the list can go forever. Every successful business uses public relations as part of its strategic communications.
Are you thinking, “Yeah, but these are all PR people; I’m not a public relations person. I’m an accountant.” Well, when you are shaking hands with the head of corporate communications for the “dream” accounting firm you have always wanted to work for, consider the impression you are making upon that person and the fact you now have a professional connection with someone in the firm.
This year, PRSSA members have the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the PRSSA National Conference. Members will have the chance to meet professionals from companies like Coca-Cola, GM, Time Warner Cable Inc., Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Carnival Cruise Corporation, The Weather Channel and many more.
PRSSA members also get to meet a lot of local professionals from right here in the St. Louis/Metro East area. The Chapter brings in a variety of professionals from around the area as guest speakers for its semimonthly Chapter meetings. This semester programming topics include ethics, health care, event planning and social media to name a few.
You can jump-start your career by attending the SIUE Chapter’s fall social Sept. 9 from 6-7 p.m. This is a free event, and you do not have to be a dues-paying member to attend. There will be food, fun and prizes so be sure to stop by the volleyball court to join in on the fun and learn more about PRSSA membership.
Whether you are a freshman just starting your college career or a senior about to begin your job search, PRSSA membership can enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career.
What are you doing Monday?