If you’re a PR student, creative thinking and strong writing skills are necessary. Though, what use will they be if you’re not given the right opportunity? Sometimes despite what you know, who you know is what will help you.
I’m sure your professor has told you this many times before, along with the suggestion that you should go out there, get involved and be seen. Though, you probably had little to no time, if you were a full-time student and working like me.
And now that its summer, all you want to do is make up for lost time with friends and family. Anything school related is the last thing on your mind, even that book your professor recommended, and you love reading. When it ends, you’ll find yourself not only struggling school and work, but finding opportunities to explore your career options. Meeting the right people can offer you valuable experience and narrow it down for you.
So make the most of your summer, while lessening next year’s stress. Committing at least one day a week to either volunteering or attending a local event, will still allow time for whatever your heart desires. After all, summer break is four months long.
Here are a few tips on how to get started:
1. Social media: It’s essential you connect on at least Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Social platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest are a plus!
2. Twitter: If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity in Ottawa, you can follow @VolunteerOttawa, or search both hastags #Ottawa #Volunteer. For events, follow @Ottawa_Events, or search hastags #Ottawa #Events
3. Ottawa Kijiji: Aside from the volunteer section, look in the tv, media, fashion section. PR internships can be found there sometimes.
4. Local blogs: Read local blogs to stay updated with local events, news and possibly an internship. Check out 613 Style and Apartment 613.
5. Business cards: You never know who you’ll end up meeting by chance, so always have business cards in hand to exchange.
Last, but not least, don’t be afraid to volunteer or attend events by yourself. Others will find you more approachable and it’s better to step outside your comfort zone.