Rebekha, NOW Account Executive at Approach PR, joined the agency two years ago this month. Following a Star Wars themed jedi return, she’s back in the office after fighting through final year at Leeds Beckett University and coming out on top! Here is her account of the last semester and her top tips on thriving at university:
Thousands of words and multiple Netflix marathons later, I have returned to Approach Towers after finishing my degree just last week. I was delighted with my account executive job offer and I am more than ready to get stuck back into the world of work with Yorkshire’s finest PR team.
Only five months in, 2016 has most definitely been a year to remember and final year is no walk in the park. Believe it or not, coming into work each Friday was a break (not a lie in…but a break)!
For this blog post, I would like to ramble through my top tips for surviving a PR degree and send a message to all PR students: You will get there and yes, it does feel great!
- Three or four years seems like a long time. It’s not! The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” belongs to university life. Yes, you might have to write over 50,000 words to reach the end but appreciate every moment of it, every deadline, every lecture and of course, use them student night socials to get you through the rest.
- You’ll meet a lot of people during your time at university and PR students are just some of the best. Be social, bounce your ideas off each and work together. Workplace dynamics are one of the most important elements of a successful office – practice learning and thriving from teamwork throughout your degree.
- Never, ever leave anything to the last minute it will always catch up on you and late night library sessions are not enjoyable for anyone. Take your time, it’s more of a marathon than a sprint.
- Experience, experience, experience. You’ll have no better head start in your career then maintaining an extensive and rich portfolio that you can show off in interviews – it will help you achieve top grades too.
- Don’t let ‘THE FUTURE’ scare you! You don’t have to know where you want to be and what you want to be doing in 10 years time. You’ll get there eventually, I promise.
- Your friends will get you through it. Study buddies, flat mates and pals who take your mind of it all will be the ones you thank the most when you take to the stage on graduation day.
- And finally, but most importantly, have fun, have a laugh and enjoy it! You’ll never have an experience like university and you’ll be proud of what you’ve achieved – so make the most of it!
Graduation pictures to follow…
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