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VOLUME ONE …Continued from page 1 While Collins now has a great job, it didn’t come easy and she worked hard to get to where she is now. Touring Edelman through ISU PRSSA confirmed Collins suspicions that the agency would be the perfect place for her to begin her career in public relations.

…Continued from page 1 “Humankind’s greatest need is to feel wanted,” said Brogan, stressing the value of social media as a tool to help people become involved with a service or product. Another advantage to attending National Conference was the chance to meet representatives from different areas in PR who were looking to recruit interns or employees. One of my reservations about attending Conference this year was that I felt I did not have enough experience to attract potential employers. However, I found it surprisingly beneficial to attend these events. There were several companies I had never even heard of who were more than happy to walk me through what they do and what they look for in interns, so that I would be better prepared should I decide to apply in the future. It may seem a little like a bad attempt at re-branding to call spending time with fellow PRSSA members internal networking, but even the time we spent poolside in between speakers and career fairs was extremely valuable. Other members of our Chapter have many experiences to share based on the internships and other professional opportunities they have been given. The connections I made within our own Chapter have already opened up new doors to me professionally. This year’s National Conference was definitely an eye-opening experience. I made valuable connections, learned about several, varying fields of PR and gained a better understanding of what steps I need to be taking now in order to land a job when I postgraduation. Overall, National Conference was a great professional and personal experience and I cannot wait for next year’s conference in San Francisco!

“I knew it was the only way for me to go,” said Collins after touring the company. PRSSA also helped her in different ways, such as developing her networking and leadership skills, furthering professionalism and even getting a foot in the door for her current job. By staying in contact with a friend from PRSSA who worked at Edelman, she was able to make other connections at the company and eventually secure a position. “Students at ISU are extremely fortunate to have a PR major available and such a dedicated PRSSA Chapter,” Collins said, “Take advantage of your opportunities and stay in contact with peers who have graduated. We are in a unique field where we want to see one another succeed!”

Profile for Illinois State University PRSSA

Alumni Newsletter: October/November 2011  

This issue of the Alumni Newsletter includes a spotlight piece on alumna Jill Collins, this year's PRSSA National Conference and our Alumni...

Alumni Newsletter: October/November 2011  

This issue of the Alumni Newsletter includes a spotlight piece on alumna Jill Collins, this year's PRSSA National Conference and our Alumni...

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