Public Relations…Make it Work!

So, you’re undecided on a major? I was right there in your shoes just a few years ago. My first piece of advice is to not panic. Don’t fret because like my mom always says, “It’ll always come out in the wash.” In other words, we can fix this. Let me tell you a little bit about me.

The Backstory

When I started Auburn University as a freshman, I thought I wanted to be a physical therapist. I loved helping people and the thought of rehabilitating injuries was exhilarating. I had spent countless summers bill-nyein high school shadowing physical therapists at hospitals and private practices. When I got to college, I thought I was all set. Then came the sciences. I’ve never been science and math minded, but my coursework for physical therapy had me taking Physics I and II, Microbiology and Chemistry(s). After showing my parents the coursework, my wise mother said to me, “Why are you even in this major? You hate all of that!”

That was a great question. Why was I in it? After 24 hours, I switched majors to the one I am in now, public relations, and I thank my lucky stars every day that I did. If you love reading, writing, not arithmetic, serving others and interacting with people, then look no further because this is the major for you. Want to know what makes a good public relations professional? Check it out:

The Classes

Not only does public relations combine writing, creative thinking and human interaction into a practical,  communication tool, it also engages ALL audiences and encourages people to be involved in their community. You’ll be taking courses in Public Relations Writing, Public Relations Research and Public Relations Campaigns. All of these classes have elements where you choose a real client and do research, develop a campaign and write for them. Your ideas may even be used in real life! What major can say that they do the same? Check out why Simon Partington chose PR:

Every class teaches you knowledge to take with you for the rest of your life. I’m talking seven strangers living in the same house…REAL WORLD skills. For instance, the required Style and Design class teaches you how to code using HTML and CSS as well as all of the elements of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver! Those are skills that are going to put you above the rest when you’re searching for a job.

The Smorgasboard of Classes

Another thing I like about the PR major is that it doesn’t pigeonhole you and make you take all public relations classes. When it comes to choosing other classes, the world is your oyster! I was able to take Introduction to Filmmaking, Film Studies and Writing for TV and Film. The public relations major lets you branch out and take classes specific to your particular interests.

The Internship

The internship element already puts you ahead of the competition, so you’re already winning at life if you choose public relations. Congratulations! What I’m talking about is the requirement for every public relations major to complete an internship before he/she graduates.

oprahThis program recognizes that the competitive job market looks for students with experience. Because of this, the built-in internship requirement makes you more marketable to companies and lets you broaden your horizons when it comes to the job search. The job opportunities are endless because every company needs some sort of public relations person to be the intermediary between the organization and its publics!

The Drama

Public relations isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is for the ones who love being thrilled by relating to audiences and creating relationships with them. It prepares you for what’s out there while letting your creative mind wander in order to make the most out of your time in college. Read what had to say about the 14 Key Attributes for New Public Relations Professionals here! This is why you should go with public relations when trying to decide on a major. It lets you be you while discovering new things about yourself you never even knew! So, what are you waiting for? Public relations is calling…and it wants a new practitioner.

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