I had an interesting discussion with students in my online class this past week. It was probably “sanitized” for my benefit, but even then, I sensed some frustration with the standards I’ve set for them.
I tried to emphasize that the work I put before them is no more, actually quite less, then what I put upon myself. I provide multiple learning opportunities, and doing so adds a lot of work on my part. It also adds absolutely nothing to my paycheck, but if students take advantage of these opportunities, they could definitely add to their own paychecks down the road.
For a little encouragement, students should read this article about a PR pro’s worth in 2016.
All I can say is, “Wow, I have adorable grandchildren!” Because if it wasn’t for these three, I’d probably be working in public relations rather than teaching it!
But for students who want to enter the public relations field and work toward those six-figure salaries, listen up. You are going to have to learn to juggle several projects at a time, meet deadlines and write flawlessly. Successfully managing your college coursework on top of other responsibilities, whether that be an internship, job, family…or all of the aforementioned, is making you a more competitive candidate in an increasingly competitive job market. The reading, quizzes, practice exercises, blogging, writing, writing and more writing…well, consider it on-the-job training! And, you are not paying any extra fees for this training…you’re welcome!
The class is challenging; I do not deny it. College students’ schedules are challenging; I do not deny it. But I hope in the end, students realize it is solely for their benefit. OK…maybe a little for my benefit too. When I am looking for public relations professionals to serve on my class panels or speak at PRSSA meetings, I want them to be SIUE alumni!
So stay strong and finish the race! The semester is almost over. Work hard and you will move toward those six figures some day! In the meantime, know I am working just as hard…while I move toward six grandchildren some day! Pull up a chair and let’s talk.