Written by: Collin Brault
As November comes to a close, the end of the semester is approaching. Since the Chapter hit the ground at full speed at the beginning of the semester, the Chapter hasn’t slowed down. Through November and leading up to the conclusion the semester the Chapter embarked on its first agency tour of the year while also hosting Skype chats with professionals s at meetings.
On Nov. 10, the Chapter visited the marketing agency Candeo Creative, located in downtown Oshkosh. Thirteen members attended in hopes of gaining career advice as well as getting a sneak peek at what agency life has to offer in the world of public relations.
The Candeo Creative office felt like walking into an entirely different world. A few of the PRSSA members claimed, “It feels like we’re in a slick, modern office in the middle of New York City!” Decorated in pearly white, aqua blue and plum purple colors, the open concept layout created a workspace that encourages communication and teamwork between all employees.
Even though the tour began at 5:30 p.m., many desks in the office were still occupied by employees with a smile on their faces. One of the employees confessed that working overtime hours in the office was anything but abnormal. The three employees leading the tour expressed that working at a small agency, which prides itself on meeting deadlines, it is fairly common to work more than the typical 9:00 to 5:00 shift. However, they made it very clear that it is not a hassle because of their passion for the work they do as well as the co-workers surrounding them.
After showing us around the office, three of the employees gave us advice for acquiring jobs as well as tips for public relations work in general. When attending a job interview, it is important to do research and get to know the company. Also in the interview, it is important to balance professionalism while expressing your true personality in order to leave a lasting impression that stands out from the rest of the applicants.
The employees also provided advice when it came to situations outside of the interviewing process. One suggestion was to always think like a journalist in all facets of life by constantly asking yourself, “So what?” and, “Who cares?”. The employees also recommended to be social and active within the community because you never know how certain relationships can help or hurt you in the workplace.
In the two remaining weeks of the fall semester, the Chapter is participating in two more events. At our upcoming meeting, our very own president, Katie Biersach will be speaking about her internship experience and the importance of internships. On Dec. 10, the Chapter will be hosting its end-of-the-semester banquet at Benvenuto’s Italian Restaurant where we will celebrate a semester of hard work and present awards to some of the hardworking members.
Stay tuned for The Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter at UW Oshkosh’s last blog post of 2016 that will cover all of the guest speakers that we’ve hosted at our meetings from November through December as well as details from the Fall Banquet!