Although I am not the type of person who particularly enjoys school and lives for classroom learning, I might rather be doomed to being a student for the rest of my life than have to think about what I am going to be doing this time next year. But more school is not an option for me at this point for several reasons, so I have to buckle down and figure this out.
I was browsing through the public relations page on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, hoping to find the answers to all my career questions. However, I quickly realized the Federal government isn’t too concerned with giving every soon-to-graduate-and-freaking-out-about-it 22-year-old career advice. And when I really think about it, I am not yet desperate enough to take career advice from the Federal government. But in any case, being a big fan of numbers, it was nice to read the statistics.
The stats are from 2006, so a little bit out of date, but good enough. The current economic situation probably means they are no longer totally accurate, but I tend to assume an “-ish” after numbers to make up for economic turbulence. Apparently in 2006 there were 243,000ish people working in public relations and the BLS is saying that by 2016 there will be 286,000. For us soon-to-graduate types, that is good news. The industry is growing, so if we are willing to work hard there is a place for us. That being said, the Feds dutifully report that ” keen competition is expected for entry-level jobs”. Luckily for us Loyola kids, we have been told that from day one and we are expected to have internships in order to give us a leg up over said competition.
The rest of the page talked about qualifications and advancement in the public relations industry, all information I already had a good grasp on. What I have concluded after reading through the page is that I should not be worried about finding a job in public relations. Jobs are definitely out there and I know what I have to do to find one. Realistically, I (and most of my fellow students who are soon to graduate) am just worried about committing to the “real world”. Bottom line,we all have to make that leap sooner or later. The fact that I am graduating with a degree in public relations gives me a tangible skill set that will work to my advantage in whatever field I choose to work in. Time to man up and jump in!