Finals have ended, seniors have graduated, and summer is in full swing. Even though it is “vacation”, we can still use summer as an opportunity to grow professionally. Whether you are traveling, working part-time or interning, there are ways to improve your PR skills so you can be ahead of the game in the fall.
If you have a PR internship, you’ll obviously be practicing PR on a daily basis, but don’t fall victim to simply doing what you’re supervisor asks. Go above and beyond:
Talk to as many people as you can. A simple “Hello” and an introduction in the break room can grow your network. Always bond with fellow interns and colleagues after work when you can. The more comfortable you are with one another, the easier it will be to have those creative juices flowing in the office.
There are plenty of other ways to keep your PR skills polished over the summer, even if you don’t have an internship:
Start your own blog via WordPress or BlogSpot. Pick a theme to your blog and document your summer. Examples of themes: travel, hiking adventures, concerts, music, food- anything you want, but bring a creative edge to it!
As your PRSSA president, I can’t wait to bring all of our new PR skills together in the fall. The most important thing is to always take initiative and show enthusiasm, EVEN if you don’t like the task at hand. You’ll be surprised with how you’re rewarded in the end. If you ever need more advice, reach out to any fellow BUPRSSA member, including myself. And remember: stay PRoactive this summer!