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Trio land PR jobs before graduation

Three Public Relations students have already landed jobs within this highly competitive industry as they graduate.

Despite gloomy predictions that thousands of graduates will struggle to find work because of the recession, Jenny Moore, Sian Pritchard and Emma Camden have bucked the trend and proved that a degree can help you in your dream career.

The successful trio, all who studied full time on the University’s CIPR-accredited BA Hons PR programme, have been offered employment within exciting PR companies, making their graduation ceremonies a double celebration.

Twenty-two-year-old Jenny from Ormskirk is working at Concept PR, a small Southport agency with a number of clients including the Southport Flower Show. She had previously done work experience with them and was offered a job last month.

She said: “One of the reasons I chose Edge Hill to study was because it offered work-based experience as part of the course, which really appealed to me. I was worried about finding a job after I graduated because PR is a popular career choice, so I made sure that I also found my own work experience in addition to what we were required to do on the course. The skills you are taught on the degree as well as the work placements are fantastic because it really does stand you in good stead to find employment.

“I’m so pleased that they offered me the job at Concept. It’s brilliant because I already knew everybody there and had started to establish myself. It’s a small team so I’m getting to do a bit of everything, from writing press releases and events management, to coming up with ideas for new campaigns, which I’m enjoying.”

Twenty-one-year-old Sian from Manchester is enjoying working at Paver Smith, which is a fast-growing PR firm with offices in Liverpool and Manchester. She can’t thank tutors enough for all the support they gave her during her time at Edge Hill.

She said: “It was such a fantastic experience studying at Edge Hill and the tutors were really supportive. The degree content itself was really good because it gave me a good start in the world of PR and being able to work on the live campaign as part of the course was invaluable, which I’m sure helped me to secure this new job.”

Twenty-one-year-old Emma from Wirral is based at ICE, a social marketing company with offices all over the country. She said: “I’ve always enjoyed being an organiser so PR is a great career choice for me. During the course, I really enjoyed working on the live campaign and because ours was working with the National Blood Service, this job at ICE was very similar to what I already had already experienced. When I saw the vacancy I spoke to my tutors about it for advice and after the interview I was offered the job. I’m their Sales Support and Marketing Assistant so I have to look for new opportunities for business, which is interesting and challenging. The skills I learnt on my course such as time management, organisation and planning are really helping me in this new role and I’m looking forward to progressing my career in this field.”

Last year 95.3% of students found employment or embarked on further study within six months of graduating, making Edge Hill University top in the north-west for graduate employment.

The University’s PR degree recently received official recognition from the prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the largest organisation in Europe and the crème-de-la-crème of this profession.

This award recognises the programme’s heavy emphasis on practical work and industry links combined with excellent theory and good quality leadership. The course is taught by the University’s media department and since it started in 2005 it has gone from strength to strength with graduates going on to work in high-profile  press offices, advocacy, business development work and social marketing.

All seven students on this year’s course have graduated, two with first class honours – making it one of the most successful programmes in the University. For further information about the PR degree, email Paula Keaveny, Programme Leader, at keavenep@edgehill.ac.uk or visit the website www.edgehill.ac.uk.