Public relations practitioners all have incredibly good communications skills. They write and speak effectively, perform important research and can present themselves well. At McMaster, all I ever did was write or speak. The program was designed to test the students ability to find knowledge and communicate their findings. In an average semester, I would only ever have between 8-10 assignments - all of them being long essays. I remember writing a paper about Cistercian monks thinking, "Well isn't this a complete waste of time. Who the heck cares about what these guys did living in a monastery?" I now realize how important these assignments were. I developed an arsenal of skills that pertain to the public relations industry. Research and communicating are almost second nature for me at this point. Stringing together a bunch of words to create a powerful message is something I believe that I am very good at and I owe my abilities to my experience at McMaster university.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
How an arts degree led to PR
Ever since I stepped foot on McMaster's campus, I always doubted whether I really wanted to be there. I've never been one to enjoy school and always felt like I wanted to just get a job and start building my life, but I knew that if I wanted a comfortable life, I needed to get the school out of the way. The only thing that appealed to me at McMaster was their humanities courses. I love history, anthropology and classics, which is what I studied during the duration of my degree. After graduation, I realized that a degree in arts was not the most appealing degree for employers and I realized that I would indeed have to go back to school for something more practical. The catch was, I didn't want my degree to simply sit on a shelf and collect dust. I wanted it to be useful. I wanted to complete a post-graduate degree that would compliment my arts degree, and that is exactly what public relations does.