Hello and welcome to my first blog post!
I thought I would set the ball rolling with this by setting the scene a little on what I, and this blog are all about. So first question that needs to be answered is why study Public Relations? Throughout school and college there were always some things I have been good at – writing, communicating and organising projects. As well as this, I have always had an interest in the media and how people are influenced by what they see, read and hear. Upon researching potential degree subjects, Public Relations just seemed to fit the bill in terms of all these things I was good at and enjoyed. For those of you who aren’t quite sure what I mean when talking of this elusive career in PR, this is the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) definition:
Public Relations is about reputation – the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you. Public Relations is the discipline which looks after reputation, with the aim of earning understanding and support and influencing opinion and behaviour. It is the planned and sustained effort to establish and maintain goodwill and mutual understanding between an organisation and its publics.
So that’s how studying Public Relations came about. I then decided to combine this with French – something I have always loved and I know having a language would make me a stand-out candidate in many career paths.
Next I suppose I ought to answer why start blogging?