By Timothy Rose, CPRS Student Member
Taking this time to expand your network online or within your education/employment organizations, is more important now than ever. One way to start could be reaching out to someone you do not know who works in the PR/communications field to learn how their world has changed as a result of COVID-19. What better way to do this than by connecting with existing CPRS Calgary members at an upcoming virtual event.
CPRS Calgary has held several online events since the COVID-19 lockdown, including the COVID-19 virtual round table, PR by the pint, CPRS Calgary AGM, and most recently the virtual Stampede event. All of these were a big success, but I noticed something was missing, students!
These networking events are beneficial for student members because they get to hear about how PR/communications experts in our city are dealing with COVID-19 in their organizations and begin building a valuable connection with them. Members are eager to learn what students are currently experiencing with their employment/education. These events are creating a two-way street of learning for students and members which is beneficial to both. The most significant learning curve that student members are receiving is insider insight into what to do/not to do in a global crisis situation.
Ultimately, networking can lead to writing projects, internships, or potential employment in the PR/communications field. But what I am finding out is that we have a wealth of knowledge within our CPRS Calgary team, which every student should take advantage of. I hope to see you all at the next networking event!