A Career in Media Relations? Why Not!
Graduate Katie Shearston writes about her new journey into the realms of media relations:
“Working in communications was never something I dreamed of doing as a child, those future scenarios involved being a gymnast or even a pilot, despite an increasing fear of flying! Therefore my academic journey has been relatively free from pressures and restrictions, allowing me to study whatever caught my interest. It is for this reason that my initiation into a career in communications has come as a surprise, even to myself.
“My University career began with trepidation, but soon flourished into the best decision I ever made. Given that Geography caught my interest at the time, Lancaster became my home in October 2012, and whilst my family may never forgive my betrayal of the Yorkshire White Rose, they were immensely proud of me when I graduated with an MSci (Hons) degree in Geography four years later.
“Staying on at Lancaster for an extra year and converting my BSc to an MSci with a little help from student finance allowed me to analyse what I really enjoyed about my degree. I found the composing of written pieces (even two 10,000 word dissertations) very satisfying, and came to the conclusion that I would like to pursue a career involving more creative literary skills. Add in a pinch of my ability to talk to people all day and the career hunt had begun.
“Given these pre-requisites, PR seemed to be a perfect fit. So here I find myself, undertaking a week long placement at Different in Harrogate in order to learn more about the industry. I look forward to improving, practicing and developing the skills required to work in press relations with the support of David – and his two dogs – at Different
“This process has already begun; writing my first ever press release for Disability Action Yorkshire on my first day! This was a welcome challenge, from which I have already learnt a lot.
“Over the rest of my week here I can’t wait to getting stuck in to many more opportunities; learning as much as I can about the PR industry and hopefully using this time to move onto a full time position in PR.”