Hi nyc PR girls,
I recently found your blog and I am OBSESSED! It’s like a gift sent from the PR gods.
But anyways, I am currently a college senior and I am looking to get into the PR profession. I currently intern at an awesome PR Lifestyle Boutique, but the question everyone at work asks me is, “are you going to continue growing your education?” I don’t know if I should bother with graduate school OR just keep interning until I find a stable job. I will be graduating this spring with my B.A in Communication Studies and a minor in Journalism.
What should I do? Is it worth going to graduate school for this profession?
Soon to be Grad
This is a common question that we haven’t addressed recently. In all honesty, not many people have completed graduate school in the PR profession. It’s not looked down upon, but it’s not something you need to succeed in our industry. It would be worth going if you could financially afford to go to school and not jump straight into a job, but if it’s going to be a large financial burden, I wouldn’t suggest it.
When I graduated college, I always assumed I would get my masters. I applied and visited several schools. It wasn’t until I started an internship after graduation and was offered a job that I decided going to grad school wasn’t as important as furthering my job experience.
It’s no secret that it’s hard to land a job straight after college, so if continue your current internship after you graduate and it turns into a job offer, take the job offer. Tell your current colleagues that you would be willing to work full-time at their boutique firm as opposed to continuing school. Graduate school can always be completed further down the line. You will do just fine in your PR career without your masters. PR is one of those jobs that simply requires lots and lots of real world experience.
Hope this helps.