A Year Post-Graduation: What Have I Learned?

Reflections on a year post graduation – what I have learned and what advice I would give to those about to embark on the same path.

 

PR degree graduation

It’s been a year to the day since my graduation from the public relations and communications degree course at Leeds Business School. That year seems to have flown by.

These past 12 months have been new, exciting, a little hectic and stressful at times, but on the whole enjoyable and I’ve achieved virtually all I wanted to in the first year of my post-university career.

I was fortunate enough to secure a job before my graduation – an internship with a leading global integrated communications agency that I’d wanted to work for since the outset of my studies in PR.

Soon after, I was taken on by the agency on a more permanent basis, and more recently rose to my current position.

As with any anniversary or milestone, this point in my career has been cause for reflection. Recently I’ve been thinking about what I have achieved, learned and experienced over the past year, and what advice I would give to those who are graduating this year.

I have distilled these thoughts into six key areas below: (more…)

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CIPR Report Another Wake Up Call For ‘Profession’

CIPR State of the Profession Report #StateOfPR

Earlier today the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) published its annual State of the Profession report, and it’s not an easy read.

It highlights the same issues we have seen in these reports for the last few years and despite lots of talk about becoming more professional, tackling a lack of diversity and gender imbalance, it seems little has changed. (more…)

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The 45 Day Tweet: Best Enjoyed At Room Temp

Social Media Fail: #TheArtOfCheese

 

Social Media Fail the art of cheese alan partridge

 

I’ve often sat in front a blank screen, fingers poised above the keyboard, unsure of what to write. I’ve also spent time (longer than I’d care to admit) trimming down a few lines of text to fit within Twitter’s pesky character limit, reframing and rewording as I go.

But an article in Business Insider published last week told the story of a tweet that took far longer to write than any of mine. What did it say then, what 140 characters could possibly have taken so long compose?

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