Last month more than 120 college students and young professionals attended the annual Career 101 program. The program was held at Drexel University and offered those pursuing a career in the field of public relations a chance to get tips for the experts!
The following were part of the dynamic panel led by moderator Lori Doyle, Senior Vice President of Communications at Drexel University.
- Mary Beth Casey, Corporate Communications, Comcast
- Rob Zeiger, Senior Vice President of Communications, Philadelphia Eagles
- Megan Smith, President, Brownstone PR
- Lauren Tosti, Marketing Manager: Communications/Interactive, Sesame Place
All of the panelists offered useful advice for the attendees. They gave tips for how to score an interview and also provided insight about how they can turn an internship into a full time job.
Top five tips from panelists:
1. Proofread your resume and cover letter several times
2. Always wear a suit to an interview
3. Send a thank you after every interview
4. Go above and beyond the job description of an internship
5. Graduate school is not for everyone; think it through to determine if it’s right for you.
This blog post was written by Nina Scimenes. She has been an active PPRA member since 2005 and is currently Co-chair of PPRA’s Educational Programs. After graduating from Cabrini College with a Communications degree in 2006 Nina went on to do PR at various organizations and she is now Marketing Coordinator at AMResorts. Nina has also been a PR Consultant for Rock to the Future, a local non-profit that is benefiting from pro-bono PR from PPRA members. When she is not immersed in PR work she is blogging on her new blog, Always a Brunette, and training for her next triathlon. Last year she completed her first triathlon in Philadelphia and is brave enough to go back from more including a swim in the Schuylkill River.