Drexel PRSSA Hosts ‘PR for the Post Grad’ Panel

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Drexel PRSSA Hosts ‘PR for the Post Grad’ Panel
February 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA. (Feb. 23, 2015) — The Drexel University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) hosted the school’s first ‘PR for the Post Grad’ panel discussion on Thursday, February 12th.

The panel included former SVP of Marketing and Corporate Communication for Philadelphia Gas Works Douglas Oliver, Co-Founder of Maven Communications Jessica Sharp, and founder of Philly PR Girl Kate Marlys.

Each panelist discussed their own foundations in the public relations field and what encouraged their success throughout their professional career. The value of education in PR was a theme which was discussed at great length. Students were encouraged to take risks and differentiate their skills in order to build individual expertise in the field.

“Do what you are passionate about and don’t wait. Don’t back away from your dream because people think you are too young. Have the confidence to try, I’m not saying don’t intern or have a mentor, but go for it,” said panelist Douglas Oliver.

An acute understanding of the industries serviced by public relations professionals was highlighted as a determining factor in the success of that individual. Students were encouraged to move past the communications stereotype of being “pretty powerpoint people.” The panelists also discussed the importance of gaining business and industry knowledge in conjunction with a fundamental value of telling the truth efficiently, rather than “spinning” stories.

The Drexel University Chapter of PRSSA looks forward to hosting, as well as continuing to encourage its members in spearheading discussions about professional development and exploration within the public relations field. The chapter extends thanks to the Drexel University Facilities Department and the Department of Culture & Communications for its continued support of its student endeavors.

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