College for me went by in a blur. I was scrambling to finish my required courses by the time of graduation and tried to take as many classes that applied to the real world as I could. I was lucky enough to take some weekend workshops and once a week classes that have helped me become successful in my internship and the interviewing process.
If there was one class I would advise everyone at the University of Oregon to take it would be Presentations. Not only did it give me the confidence to speak in front of people and actually feel comfortable, but I learned how to speak the truth. Going into interviews and trying to impress a potential boss while saying what they want to hear is very tricky. You don’t want to say the wrong thing but want to be honest with them. Presentations taught me how to comfortably tell the truth with confidence and control, while owning the stage.
One of the most important things as public relations professionals is how to use social media, not just for yourself but to represent a company. Running an account for a client can be terrifying as well as educational. The social media workshop is a weekend long class that covered everything from Facebook to Pinterest and how to control both personal social media and a brands social media.
Although this wasn’t a class the things I took from sitting in on guest lectures and agency tours helped open my eyes to the professional world. They teach you how to dress for interviews, what agency life is like before starting to work at one and how to put on a campus wide event. All of the meetings helped prepare us for what was to come in the real world and so far all has applied.
I suggest that if you haven’t taken these classes or gotten involved in Allen hall I would advise you to do so. You won’t understand the real world until you are place in it but these three classes will be a great gateway to help ease you into the process.