Attending the PRSSA 2017 National Conference is one of the best things you can do for your college and professional career. Between the professional development sessions, social networking events and more, you will have countless opportunities to grow personally and launch your future career. However, it can be difficult to make that initial investment of $310 (for members) to register. So, why should you invest in the National Conference?
Professional networking with industry experts.
The PRSSA 2017 National Conference is the perfect time to network with industry experts. There will be more than 40 speakers from various sectors of the industry, PRSA professionals who are in Boston for the PRSA International Conference, Chapter faculty advisers and numerous other communications experts for you to network with and learn from. Making an investment in the National Conference allows you to access more industry professionals in four days than you may be able to access during the whole academic year.
Adding to your communication skill set.
There is only so much you can learn inside the classroom. Attending the PRSSA 2017 National Conference allows you to learn specific skills based on the industry you’re most interested in, by going to professional development sessions that most interest you. You will also be networking with people left and right so the whole weekend you will be improving your communication skills.
Access to the Career Development Exhibition.
Registration for the PRSSA 2017 National Conference gains you access to the Career Development Exhibition. This is a great opportunity for you to jumpstart your career by exploring your internship and postgraduate options.
Meeting PRSSA peers.
The PRSSA 2017 National Conference is the largest gathering of public relations students in the country so it is the perfect place to make connections with your peers. Students who are involved in PRSSA will soon be the ones leading the charge in the communication industry so making connections on a personal level now will benefit you later in your career.
Stepping out of your comfort zone.
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and challenged yourself? The PRSSA 2017 National Conference is a great way to go beyond your limits by exploring a new city, meeting new people and challenging yourself to experience everything in the Conference program. The National Conference is a great example to bring up in interviews about a time you pushed yourself to try something new and benefitted from it.
What are you waiting for? Register for the National Conference today and make the investment in your future.
Rachel E. McLean is the PRSSA 2017 National Conference communications coordinator. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in history at Boston University in Boston, Mass. She currently works for culture: the word on cheese as an editorial and social media intern writing for the magazine, blogging and posting on their social media. Rachel is passionate about public relations and usually finds a way to mix social media and blogging into every aspect of her life. Follow Rachel on Twitter at @rachelemclean.