Leaving the University of Oregon, and starting my first internship in the PR field is a rush. The knowledge and various skills that I learned over the past four years to prepare me for this moment have flown out the window and down the block.
This past weekend a good friend of mind asked me something that really stuck with me, “How much of the knowledge you learned in school, do you find yourself using in your internship?”
It took a while for me to think about it, and surprised me how little I think I’ll use my college teachings at my internship. Thinking back on the individual tactics that I learned throughout the last two years, all that comes to mind is press releases.
I probably spent 75 percent of my time polishing my press release writing skills, which I have yet to use, and frankly I don’t think I will anytime soon. I will use my writing skills, but most likely not for writing press releases.
This is a problem for businesses looking to hire the new graduates searching for their first job or internship. We continue to be taught old-school techniques that are somewhat, but not fully applicable to the actual work we will be doing. When they get that first position, graduates are having to be brought up to speed on how the real world works, which can cause frustration for both the grads and employers who want graduates to be ready to enter the career field after four years of college.
Don’t be afraid if you are a business owner looking to hire a newly college grad. We are ready to learn and can bring new ideas and skills to the table. Attending the U of O was an amazing experience that I will take with me forever, but I know I have a lot more to learn.