After years of study, work and anticipation, your graduation has finally arrived. Congratulations! To help you transition from student to professional, PRSA provides the following networking, learning and career development resources.
Your first step toward professional success is to join PRSA’s vibrant community of more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals worldwide. As a PRSSA member, you may join PRSA National for just $60 a year as an Associate Member. Begin your membership up to five months before you graduate, even if you don’t yet have a job. Apply online through MyPRSA or download the membership application (PDF).
Where do you start your networking when you join a Society of 21,000? You start local. Whether you stay near to home after graduation or move to a new city, the nearest PRSA Chapter is your new community of mentors, colleagues and friends. Find support in your city or region from professionals who know the area, the media, and the business and employment opportunities.
Membership in the New Professional Section — a subgroup of PRSA for members who are new to the profession — is a mark of distinction that demonstrates your confidence and desire to succeed. Networking with peers who are sharing your challenges is the best way to assess and accelerate your career advancement. Through newsletters, mentoring, podcasts, webinars and in-person events, we help you build critical knowledge and skills. Join when you become an Associate Member or anytime afterward.
Supplement your networking efforts by searching for employment opportunities on the PRSA Jobcenter. The PRSA Jobcenter gives you access to more than 1,000 communications and public relations job openings, and other career-related opportunities such as mentoring.
In college, you had scholarships, case study competitions and internships to help you stand out from other public relations students. How do you distinguish yourself as a professional? Through Accreditation in Public Relations. The APR designation proves you have successfully demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice public relations effectively in today’s business arena. PRSA recommends you take the test when you have five years of experience, but it’s never too early to start preparing. For information on Accreditation, visit the PRSA website.
If you plan to continue your education, you can expand your PRSA/PRSSA community in several ways. If you want to join PRSA, you can apply as an Associate Member. If your school has a PRSSA Chapter, you can continue your PRSSA membership, or become a PRSSA Affiliate if your school does not have a Chapter. Consider the benefits of PRSSA and PRSA membership to decide which is best for you.
If looking for a list of schools offering graduate programs in public relations or communications, PRSSA recommends visiting the PRWeek directory.
Need help deciding if graduate school is a good option for you? Professionals answer these questions in PRSSA’s FORUM.