Name: Evie Ranscombe
Course studied: BA Hons in Public Relations at Bournemouth University
A-Levels studied: Drama, English Literature and Geography.
Find Evie on Twitter @Squevvles.
Why did I choose to do a degree in PR?
The main reason I chose to do a degree in Public Relations was because it was a field I was interested in and could put my degree to good use when completed. My A-level subjects were pretty limited in terms of looking for a job afterwards, I knew I didn't want to teach and although I loved Drama, I had to be realistic about my chances of becoming the next big thing! In a way it made me think my A-level choices were irrelevant to furthering my education as they were all very specific, where as PR is so broad I feel I am able to venture into different areas in order to fulfil my ambitions.
What do I do day-in-day-out at university?
Typically my week involves three days of lectures each with varying lengths. My 'spare' two days are often used researching and planning for assignments. There is always plenty of work to do!
Studying PR at university involves lots of new discoveries. To be honest I didn't really understand what it was previously; however, I now see that that is because it would be impossible to define PR in just a sentence. It is so much more than I thought; it is everywhere. I am lucky enough to do a placement year which I am currently one month into. I would strongly advise anyone that has the opportunity to do a placement year takes it. I love it. It means that when I leave university I will already have experience in the working world of PR, therefore hopefully be at an advantage.
What have I learned from my degree?
So far my degree has taught me many valuable things. I think the most important thing to look at when doing your degree is if it interests you or not. I chose PR because I found it interesting; because of that I genuinely enjoy learning about the subjects and don't find myself dreading assignments or lectures. PR covers such a broad area, meaning that there are lots of different things to learn about so there is literally something for everyone!
What have I gained from being a student member of the CIPR?
Being a student member of the CIPR means you have a large amount of resources at your disposal. There is so much useful information on the website and in PRWeek (which you are sent as part of the membership) that you can use to help with assignments. The CIPR has been great at ensuring they contact you with opportunities and are great at suggesting ways in which to help further your career.
What motivates me about going in to PR?
Experiencing it this year on my placement. I love it. I can't wait to get involved with campaigns of my own and be part of every process, from beginning to end.
What advice do I have for someone considering a career in PR?