“The Government committed to providing an additional £40million for 20,000 more new higher apprenticeship starts over the 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic years” (House of Commons)
This is why it is the perfect time for you to begin reviewing your career options. Following our campaign last week, “A Week in the Life of a PR Apprentice” we have come up with our own Top Tips to help young individuals kick-start their future career within PR.
After both leaving college and finding ourselves interested in the PR industry, but dubious of a university education, we began researching through websites and various social media; all of which instantly pointed us in the direction of the National Apprenticeship Service. After a bit of hard work, preparation (and possibly a spot of luck) we have found ourselves embracing (and loving) life at Publicasity, working with a team of vibrant and inspired individuals. During our time at Publicasity, our experiences have taught us a range of valuable skills that are guaranteed to help us progress through the industry – skills we would have had difficulty acquiring through a textbook.
Our Three Top Tips
Rianna says: “When I realised I was interested in a career within the PR industry, I did as much as I could to help build up relevant experience. My friend and I had our own blog which I updated regularly with relevant news and articles – this was then recognised by a magazine, giving me opportunities to write reviews for them. I also helped organise school-based events, as well as organising my own charity event one summer. I found that both of these achievements were easy and relevant to talk about in my interview for Publicasity; I believe that it was this experience that helped me stand out from other interviewees.”
With apprenticeships now being seen as a popular alternative to university, and over 85 PR Apprentices successfully placed since the start of the scheme in 2012, (source: PRCA) this is a field that is growing before our eyes, so why wait? Come and join us as the next generation of PR professionals.
Rianna Spray & Nathan Childs
Rianna and Nathan are Team Assistants at Publicasity