We dedicated our August 16th luncheon to welcoming recent PR and communications graduates to Fort Lauderdale. PRSAFTL membership chair Tasha Yohan and chapter president Victor Aimi met with a lively group of new graduates from Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and Florida Gulf Coast University, among others. Members of local PR agencies and faculty also attended. We discussed some tips about looking for jobs in our area that should apply to both graduates and current students:
1 – Based on chapter membership data, PR agencies employ the most communication professionals in our area. In fact, Matt Levinson from O’Connell Goldberg and Robbin Lubbehusen of Red Banyan were present at the meeting. Other industries employing the most PRSA members are educational institutions, government, non-profits, healthcare, and transportation/tourism. The full list of industries paints a compelling picture of the diversity and growth of the communication job market in the Broward County area—let Victor know if you need help meeting members in any of these industries:
2 – If you are a communication student, it is great idea to join the PRSSA chapter at your school. PRSSA is the student arm of the Public Relations Society of America. It will help you make connections with the industry while you are in school, so that you are better prepared to enter the market when you graduate. FIU Professor Hugo Ottolenghi, an advisor of the PRSSA chapter at FIU, attended our event along with graduates Michelle Kwong and Meredith Marseille, Meredith being a former president of the PRSSA chapter at FIU. Professor Ottolenghi recommends PRSSA to his students to help them get closer to the actual practice of the profession while studying. This a list of PRSSA chapters in Florida, with links to their contact information—a special shout out to the recently started chapter at NSU:
3 – As a recent graduate or former PRSSA member, you have the most convenient door into PRSA: remember to join! If you need financial help to join PRSA, or have any questions, please contact Victor or Tasha for assistance. See you at our next meeting!