Networking has become one of the most popular ways of not only getting to know the public relations industry, but of meeting the people that represent it. As a young professional, networking should become your best friend.
One of the easiest ways to begin the process of networking is by joining professional student organizations. By far the best professional organization available to students pursuing a career in public relations I have found is the Public Relations Student Society of America(PRSSA.)
I joined the organization in the spring of 2011 and have enjoyed every minute of my membership.
PRSSA has given me so many amazing networking opportunities. First, it offers a national conference and assembly each year. At these events I am able to meet PRSSA members from across the nation, make new friends and also network with professionals from some of the top agencies and public relations practices in the nation.
PRSSA also offers the opportunity to connect with Public Relations Society of Americamembers in your area. These members are always friendly and more than willing to grab a cup of coffee and share some words of wisdom.
Finally, PRSSA gives you the opportunity to take an hour or two each week and discuss your passion for public relations with peers. I have met so many amazing people from my campus, with my same interests, through my PRSSA chapter. This in itself is probably one of the most amazing experiences the organization has to offer you.
PRSSA is an excellent organization to join for any young public relations professional. No matter what sector of public relations you aspire to grow in, PRSSA has something uniquely perfect for everyone.