First Week Back In The Uni Bubble…

Okay, as some of you may or may not know, I’ve recently started my MSc in Public Relations at MMU. I’m really excited because it’s such a great course, both academic and practical. I’m hoping the practical skills I will use and develop on the course will put me in good stead to start my career in the PR industry next year.

This last week was a bit of a culture shock as I’m in a completely different environment to that of theatre and travelling. I feel like I’ve had copious amounts of information thrown at me, however, that’s not to say it hasn’t been enjoyable!

I met my fellow PR students on Tuesday morning, the group is predominantly girls, with a few males thrown in for good measure and everyone is really friendly 🙂 so that put me at ease for the rest of the day. After the meet and greet, we collected our MMU cards and headed back up to our seminar room for some more information. After lunch (which we all had together…cute!) we had a ‘Vital Need to Know’ session where we were introduced to the Dean, some health and safety rules and the university internship scheme. Last but not least, we had a library tour and received our pin numbers which allow us to take the books out. I’m not going to lie, I had several flashbacks of late-night dissertation sessions and memories of me running around Lancaster library like a mad-woman searching for that ‘one’ book, but by the end of the day, I knew I had definitely made the right decision coming to MMU. The facilities are amazing, and a business school that cost £75 million is surely going to be a successful study space! 😀

7267357296_105cf6d315_z

The next day began with a couple of guest speakers from the PR industry. They were really interesting to listen to as they were from different areas of the PR industry; crisis PR (something I’m looking into), B2B and the public sector. Their advice was invaluable and Alison from Smith & Smith PR offered us the opportunity to do work experience with her in the near future…I guess you could say she is my first PR contact in the North-West! Exciting! At lunch some of us wandered over to the Fresher’s Fair to see what was going on. After lunch (and some free pizza) we had a lecture on Research Methods (not as exciting but still very important) and were told we would be given our first assignment on Friday! Cue slight heart palpitations…This is going to be a drastic lifestyle change compared to that of sunbathing on the East Coast of Australia!

Thursday was my favourite day as we had the opportunity to be creative and plan our own campaign. I had a great group, we all got on well and had some really interesting ideas on how to target the Fresher’s and their binge drinking. It provided an insight into what working on a professional PR campaign would be like, so luckily I enjoyed it! 🙂 We presented our campaigns at the end of the day and I loved seeing what the other groups had produced. Afterwards, we had a social event that went on into the evening. I thought it was a really nice event to go to as we met other Masters students from the business school, we had some food and drink and finished with a quiz which was so funny….lets just say it probably highlighted my lack of business knowledge and proved that I know far too much about a-list and z-list celebrities!

On Friday, I managed to get a lie in which was dreamy as my body is definitely not used to the 7am wake-up call! We were given our first assignment which doesn’t seem too bad so fingers crossed once I settle myself in the library I’ll be absolutely fine!

All in all, my first week as a PR student was really enjoyable! The course is so well organised and provides so many opportunities for us to develop our careers. Everyone was lovely and I can’t wait to get involved in my modules this coming week! Roll on the next year…. 🙂

My first week at business school

Hello everyone,

As expressed in Diana’s post the first day on the MSc Public Relations course was both nerve racking but also very exciting! Jane helped us all to relax and get to know one another in an ice breaking activity, before lots of need to know information to get us off to the best start on the course. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I left feeling both excited and daunted about the year ahead.

On the second day, we were very privileged to meet a number of PR professionals who gave us their insight into the industry, including information on the best way to enter the field of PR which we are favouring. They were also very keen for us to come and get some first hand experience of the career at their agency! I found this day extremely inspiring and it was great to be provided with such valuable contacts.

The third day began with the last guest speaker of the week, which was again very enjoyable and inspiring. We were then set the challenge of creating our very first campaign!! I think it is safe to say we all felt the nerves. However, after being given the brief for the task, I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into my very first campaign. It was great to immediately get stuck in and gain some practical experience. The course tutors provided us with a real time stimuli for our drink driving campaign in the THINK car outside the university (pictured).
We got to speak to the victim’s sister which enabled us to get a great insight into the audience that our campaign should focus on and demonstrated the importance of having a personal connection to the campaign. The tutors then gave us feedback on our presentations which gave us some useful tips for our future campaigns and presentation skills.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first week and I am looking forward to what next week and the rest of the year will bring! I feel very excited and inspired. I have also learnt about the importance of networking in the industry too and I am enjoying working on my profiles and blogs to help me to get work placements in the future. I certainly already feel like a PR professional!

Thanks for reading,
Saffron xoxo
http://www.spiceofsaffron.blogspot.com
http://safflouise.wordpress.com/

20130927-232836.jpg