As public relations students head back to school for the fall semester, PR professionals and educators from around the country will share insights regarding a PR Students most valuable resource—the mentor. A Twitter based PR Student Chat session (#PRStudChat) on August 24th at 8:30pm will focus on how to develop a strong relationship with an established PR practitioner to help supplement classroom learning and provide practical information and advice to prepare students for life after graduation.
“During college, my mentor, Professor Gregg Feistman, was so valuable not just for the more tactical pieces of searching for an internship or job like reviewing a resume or cover letter, but for all those smaller moments throughout my job search; someone to bounce ideas off of, discuss my career path, give tips on interviewing and negotiating,” shares Jessica Lawlor, a 2010 graduate of Temple University who is currently employed as the Internal Communication Coordinator at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia and also serves as the College Relations chair for the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). “A mentor is so important because they’ve been there and can pass down so many amazing pieces of advice if you’re able to successfully cultivate and nurture that relationship.”
For busy professionals devoted to the future of the PR industry, the one hour Twitter chat offers an exciting opportunity to get to know the next generation of PR leaders and share advice or best practices. “Mentoring a public relations student can be a very rewarding opportunity for those in the industry,” shares #PRStudChat co-founder and PR 2.0 expert Deirdre Breakenridge. “Mentoring is a wonderful way to give back to the profession and share your passion for public relations with the next generation of leaders. Great mentoring relationships can inspire and teach the mentor as well as the mentee.”
Topic to be discussed during the Twitter session will include, “How/Where do you find a mentor?” and “What can you do to make the most of time with your mentor”
Questions for Mentors/Mentees can be posted in the PR Student Chat (#PRStudChat) LinkedIn Group and will be shared with the community during the live session, Wednesday, August 24th at 8:30pm. The sessions are always free and open to all who are interested in the field of public relations. More information about the session can be found here on PR 2.0 Strategies.
A Little More About PRStudChat:
It began with a simple question asked by Angela Hernandez, then President of PRSSA at Central Michigan University (CMU). “Is PR Right for me?” A follow up blog post by PR 2.0 expert Deirdre Breakenridge inspired a series of direct messages on Twitter between Breakenridge and fellow PR industry pro, Valerie Simon. This was an important question and one that should be explored beyond one student or one blog post. Why not build a community to help students across the country, and even the globe, learn from the experience and perspective of industry professionals… A community where everyone can learn and grow together. Read more