By:  Emily Chapman
@em_chapman

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It’s that time of year again! Finishing up final projects, cramming for final exams and after what feels like the longest week of your life you get to pack up and go home. Break should be a time to relax and spend quality time with your friends and family, and it will be, but us PR stars like to keep ourselves busy. During break there are things you can do to help your PR career, like job shadow.
Last year over summer break I reached out and set up a job shadow with Melody Stuart, a technical corporate communication professional at Comerica Bank. After communicating with Melody through email and having a short informational interview with her, I met her at the office and she showed me around. Melody focuses on technical communication so she showed me all of the details of what she does. I even got to help her edit some blog posts that she was working on. When she pulled out her AP Stylebook and told me I would need one of those someday, I knew that we would have something to bond over (I already have two editions). I spent a day out of my break, stepping out of my comfort zone and observed a professional on the job. I went into it not knowing what to expect and ended up with some really great advice and a new network of connections!
This break I plan to do the same. I am going to visit Melody at Comerica Bank again. Since I have been there, they have gotten a new employee in the department that I will get to meet and shadow. Reinforcing the relationships that I made last year and developing new ones will benefit my career in PR.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people that would potentially further your PR career. Job shadowing or conducting an informational interview will make your break productive and could lead to some awesome opportunities. What will you do for your PR career this semester break?
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