Yes, another blog about my future

I think I have learn more about myself and what I want to do in the future in this PR class than I have about Public Relations. I have gone from not knowing what I want to do career-wise to an interest in PR to being set on PR to thinking maybe PR isn’t my thing to being pretty sure I don’t want to do PR (at least a typical PR job) all in 1 semester. I do love and appreciate the PR world and career path, but I don’t believe it is the right path for me. So here is another update on what I am thinking and what plans I am making that will probably change more than a few times.

Plans/goals for the end of 2011:

1) Land an internship with Make-A-Wish Foundation for spring 2012.  (I had my first big kid interview today with them, and I am praying I get the internship in their Wish Department. This is the type of career I am leaning towards in the future: an organization and mission I believe in and a job that will allow me to use my strengths in and passions for organization, finding silver linings, and serving others more than myself.)

2) Contact representatives regarding with two potential summer internships opportunities

3) Actually make something I found on Pinterest

Plans/goals for the end of my junior year:

1) Complete an internship and have experience in non-profit work.

2) Acquire a new skill in photography, design, or technology

3) Try not to freak out about the car payment I am supposed to be paying with all the money I’ve been making in my unpaid internship.

Plans/goals for after college:

1) Find a job that I look forward to going to everyday

2) Be willing and able to adapt to all my plans changing

Passion=Career

There’s this question I get asked frequently by family, friends, co-workers, strangers, etc. I used to not like it because I didn’t know how to answer it. I’m sure you might have gotten it before. It’s the, “What are you going to do with your degree?” question. I have mentioned in a previous post that I became a Communication major for some pretty lame reasons (I liked working with people and everyone needs communication skills). Two years can teach a person a lot about who they are and what they are passionate about. I love answering this question now because I get to talk about something I am passionate about: Youth Ministry (Catholic Youth Ministry, more specifically).

Youth Ministry in the Catholic faith is important. The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry’s website says, ” The church must become the traveling companion of young people—and that is what we mean by youth ministry. If, indeed, ‘it takes an entire village to raise a child,’ then it certainly takes an entire church to journey with young people as they grapple with the Good News and respond in discipleship.”

I am who I am today because of Catholic Youth Ministry. I have seen its benefits first hand not only in me but for other young people looking for a purpose and looking for love.

Now, how can I use my degree in Communication to pursue a career in Youth Ministry? Well, Youth Ministry is not just about the relational aspect of ministering. There is a ton of behind the scenes work that goes into good Catholic Youth Ministry. This is where I want to be involved. I love the relational ministry part, but I am more interested in supporting others who have a real gift for it. My dream job is to work for a Youth Ministry program such as Life Teen. I honestly don’t know specifically what I want to do, but I do want to be a part of the mission to lead teens closer to Christ in whatever capacity I can.

Being a Communication major with a focus in PR and minor in Religious and Theological Studies seems to be a good fit for this future career. No matter what, I believe I have passions for a reason, and I am going to pursue them.

Oh hello

I guess I should probably introduce myself. Not just because it is the next class blog assignment, but because it’s the proper thing to do when starting a new blog, right?

Well, my name is Emily Claire, and I am a Communication major/Religious and Theological Studies minor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

I love my school!

I am the youngest of 3 born to some pretty cool parents. My mom is a graphic designer and has actually spent part of her career in the PR industry. She is currently the Director of PR and Publications at my former high school. She is the artsy Apple-loving parent. My dad on the other hand has been in technology sales since I can remember selling  hp products (previously Compaq) to businesses. He is the practical pc-loving parent. From my point of view my older brother takes after my dad more, my older sister takes after my mom more, and I am the odd mix between them both. I am a bargain hunter (what I do in my free time) who is nerdy about organization and maps, but I can spend hours in Hobby Lobby planning my next craft project.  This mix of interests is why I am taking a course on Public Relations.

I chose to major in Communication for some pretty lame cliche reasons. I liked connecting with people, and I had too many ideas of what I might want to be when I grow up so I thought I should learn how to communicate well because no matter what I do, good communication skills are always important. Also, it sounded like a practical field of study unlike Religious and Theological Studies (keeping the parents who are taking out loans for your education happy is important). I thought the Rhetorical and Cultural track would be a good match with a RATS minor, but then I realized I had no idea what Rhetorical and Cultural Communication really meant. So I moved on to Interpersonal and Organizational. That just didn’t feel right. So now, I am in the PR and Advertising track hence my enrollment in a class about Public Relations. After only a few classes, I can already see why PR is something I want to do in the future. With its use of technology, strategy, and thinking outside the box, it, like me, is an odd combination of the practical and the creative.

PR in my own words…

How would I define Public Relations?

Relating to the public.

Done. Next question…

Okay, I guess I could add more to that.

Let’s break it down. You have an organization. This organization (business, team, club, whatever) has a purpose that usually requires the involvement of people outside the organization, unless it’s that secret neighborhood spy club you were never invited to be a part of as a kid. These people may be involved actively or potentially as customers, supporters, clients, etc. Let’s call them “publics.” An organization has a Public Relations department/employee to present an image to these publics through multiple mediums including but not limited to social media, promotions, press releases, and stunts.

Basically, Public Relations is how an organization  communicates the kind of organization it is to the public. Whether the image is true or not is up to the individual to decide.

Okay, now I’m done.

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