-By Courtney Medford
Release also available for view on the PRSSA Chapter News site.
AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 18, 2009) — Officers of the St. Edward’s University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter and the Communication Society (COSO) teamed up to host a career panel Tuesday, Nov. 17, that brought together six local communication professionals to discuss their professions.
Both PRSSA and COSO encourage their members of young professionals to participate in extracurricular activities to gain a better understanding of the communication field outside of the classroom. At the event, the six panelists each provided personal experiences, job advice and tips from their careers, ranging from public relations and non-profit to television and radio broadcasting. Guest speakers included Ian Crawford, KUT News Editor; Ryann Malone, Assistant Account Executive at Vollmer Public Relations; Lindsey Erwin, Account Executive at Elizabeth Christian Public Relations; Patricia Paredes, Executive Director of Texas Campus Compact; and Carol Bartos, the Director of DR Operations at GSD&M Idea City. The panelists discussed the importance of social media as well as the importance of “maintaining old-school communication,” which was stressed by panelist Lindsey Erwin. At the end of the event, students were encouraged to ask questions and meet the panelists for more insight or potential internship opportunities.
The 2009 Communication Career panel proved to be a hit with over 50 students in attendance. “This opportunity was a great way to bring students with similar interests together and be in a relaxed environment for us to ask questions of the Austin professionals,” said PRSSA Chapter Treasurer Summer Rabie. “You could tell panelists were passionate about their careers in communication, which made their advice much more appealing and honest.”
Officers of both organizations will continue to stress the importance of networking and creating a list of contacts for references of communication professionals. The executive boards of both organizations were pleased with the turnout of the panel and hope to work together in the future to plan similar events.
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