There is one thing I absolutely hate about college: we are supposed to choose what we will do for the rest of our life at the age of 18.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the basics of college. Sleeping in late, skipping class and eating absurd amounts of junk food. I am very goal-oriented though, and I hate the fact that I just graduated from high school, where I was surrounded by the same 300 people for 13 years and now I am supposed to magically know what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Most people in PR are obsessed with it, I’ll admit I’m one of them. The thing is, I don’t think people are obsessed with it because it’s PR. I think they are obsessed with it because it is the only major, besides business, that gives them options. PR people can work anywhere, we can intern anywhere and we can do basically anything as long as we gain the experience elsewhere.
PR let’s you decide, in time, who you want to be when you “grow-up.” Every single business has PR, at least the successful ones do. Now, all you have to do is go out into the world, intern, and find what you love. It’s that easy with PR.
I am now going into my senior year and I feel fairly confident I will be able to find a job after I graduate. I now have experience in event planning, recruitment, agency and social media. This fall I have internships in PR and marketing. Basically, I am as well-rounded as it gets for graduating college a year early.
The funny thing is, even if I don’t find a job after graduation I know I will be OK. I know I will be OK solely because of my PR experience. I don’t see PR as just PR. I see it as marketing, advertising, event planning and public relations. I already have plans to intern with a wedding or event planner after I graduate if I can’t find a job.
I think a lot of PR people are also more determined than most. This is awesome because that means we know how to make money. We are organized and versatile, and we aren’t obsessed with routine. We are somewhat thrill-seekers.
If anyone is worried about what to major in, I would say business or PR. PR is the yang to businesses yin. With a degree in either of these and lots of experience interning, you can end up in any field.
Don’t think you have to decide what you are going to do for the rest of your life as a freshman. Enter college and do everything possible. Find yourself. Find your passion. Find your PR.
(Guest post by Meagan Dixon. Meagan is a senior studying journalism, sociology and business at Ohio University.)