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Public Relations and Communications

About Me: @helencummingspr

A motivated public relations and communications student on a CIPR accredited course at Southampton Solent University. Capable of bringing many key skills to the industry, such as social media knowledge, confident presenting, and effective campaign planning. Posseses a strong personal and professional interest in 3rd sector PR, especially environmental campaigns.

Key Skills:

Key Experiences:


- Volunteering to be Media Designer for Northampton Police Missing Persons safety presentation, allowing me to use my knowledge of target audiences and visual design to target young people and focus on the brief set. - Receiving a 1st for many of my assignments throughout the 2 years already completed at university. These including creative writing and pitching to clients. - Attending a Meet The Professionals evening at the university and networking with specialists and professionals within the Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising industries. - Working with the Marketing Director at Solent University on a promotional campaign for the Students Union Diner set to enhance student awareness. - Pitching a digital campaign live to the client for a brief set by FiveByFive agency and CooperVision, and subsequently winning ‘Best Pitch for CooperVision’. - Managing a personal PR blog that I frequently keep updated with posts around my university studies. My blog allows me to use my writing skills to express my own views. Communication Skills: - I was the course rep for the first year of my degree,meaning I was the teacher/student liaison for the course. - I often put myself forward for team-leader roles and am happy to be the front-runner of a team. - I am a confident presenter and am naturally comfortable talking infront of people.

Creative Thinking Skills: - I have a creative personality and love having the opportunity to show my creative ideas. I am often the founder of the core idea to a group project and work well within a team to creatively build upon it. - A project of mine got voted as one of the top 3 projects delivered to a live client for my creative ideas that linked in with the client brief.

Southampton Solent University (Degree: 2012-2015) BA Honours Public Relations and Communication Expected - 2:1 Aiming - 1st


Northampton College Booth Lane (A-Levels: 2010-2012) AS Level: Film Studies – C A2 Level: Media Studies – B Photography – D English Language – D Roade School Sports College (GCSEs: 2005-2010) Maths – C English – 2x B (Double Award) Science – 2x Merit (Double Btec Award) Business – 2x A* (Double Award) Food Technology – 2x A (Double Award)

Media Studies – B Geography – C Religious Studies – B ICT – C Citizenship – B

Solent University (2014) PR Taster Day Helper Key Skills: - Helping out with the running of the day - Communicating with visitors to inform them about the course


GAP (2013-Present) Sales Associate Key Skills: - Completing training for electronic retail tills - Developed upon my customer service skills, both friendly and professional - Working as part of a team to stick to GAP standards Virgin Active (2011-2012) Receptionist Key Skills: - Excellent customer service both friendly and professional - Handling of money for cashing up procedures - Department communication to Duty Managers and throughout the company - Handling emergency situations and following the correct procedures when needed (panic alarms) - Helping out in other departments such as Costa where I was able to learn new technical skills Roade House Hotel and Restaurant (2010-2011) Waitress Key Skills: - Confident and high standard customer service - Use of an electronic till and chip-and-pin card machine - Adhering to brand standards and always following correct procedures

References available upon request @helencummingspr

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