Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Freeze Frame with Sharon Partridge (LoyalistPR 06/07)

Freeze Frame is a regular feature of the LoyalistPR blog where we post our findings on what our illustrious alumni are up to and how much they’re making these days (just kidding!).

Today's Freeze Frame features Sharon Partridge (LoyalistPR 06/07). Prior to enrolling in the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College, Sharon completed a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Prince Edward Island.

Freeze Frame: So what are you up to these days, Sharon?

Sharon Partridge:
I am working at Kingston General Hospital as a public affairs specialist, internal communications. I am mainly responsible for the internal newspaper, The Spectrum. I get to tell the “good news!”

FF: What are the three most important lessons you learned in LoyalistPR?

SP: First, your reputation is everything. To be respected in the industry you have to stick to your principles and stand by what you believe in.

Second, writing skills are essential. Edit, edit, edit!

Third, always tell the truth, even if it is bad news. You’ll keep your credibility and people tend to be more forgiving if you have been up front and honest.

FF: What does it take to find a job in PR?

SP: In my case you have to “wow” them during your internship! I think you have to find what you are passionate about and go for it. Always network and build your portfolio.

FF: Any advice for future LoyalistPR students?

SP: PR is an exciting field and there is so much you can do within it. Identify your strengths and build on them to find your niche. Make sure your internship is a great one, it could jump start your career. Learn from every experience, be creative and have fun!

FF: Now that you’re living in 1,000 Island country, we have to ask: what’s your favourite salad dressing?

SP: Hmmmmm…. I’d have to say it’s a “toss-up” between ranch and poppy seed.

1 comment:

gracie La Rose said...

"First, your reputation is everything. To be respected in the industry you have to stick to your principles and stand by what you believe in."
I'm glad that Sharon pointed this part out. Being a PR student and not a grad, I don't know how it is in PR...but often in journalism you're asked to do things that you just don't agree with - or don't believe in. And while your employer or your client may not always like what you have to say - and might really dislike that you're not bending to conform with them - you really need to stick up for yourself.
Remember a job is a job - but if you buckle on what you truly believe in you're going to hate yourself for it.