Friday, September 02, 2011

Grad Profile: Luc Fournier (PR 2010/11)

Today’s grad profile features Luc Fournier (2010/11) who is now employed as the Special Events Coordinator at the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation in Quinte West.

Prior to enrolling in the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College, Luc completed a diploma as an Environmental Technician at Loyalist.

Loyalist PR: What are some of your duties in your current position?

Luc Fournier: My job title describes a significant part of what I do and to be more specific there are three major events we work on throughout the year.

One is a high-class gala, two is an annual half marathon and the third is one of the largest golf tournaments in the area.

Not only do I get to organize major events, it is my responsibility to solicit donors, cash sponsors and product sponsors. I am responsible to ensure our donor contacts are constantly updated and accurate for future use. I connect with community members and business people and offer them the opportunity to be involved with their local health care as I guide them through various fundraising opportunities of their own.

Loyalist PR: What made you decide to take Loyalist PR?

LF: I decided that I would take PR because I felt that it was a good fit for my personality. Dealing with people and unique situations every day seemed appealing to me. Specifically I chose Loyalist because of the one year program allowing me to be educated quickly, I was not interested in two more years or three more years of school.

Loyalist PR: How did Loyalist PR help prepare you for your current position?

LF: Loyalist PR prepared me for my current position by teaching me how to communicate well.

If there is one thing I have learned it is that in this world there are all different kinds of people. It is part of my job to ensure that those different people are communicated with in a manner that they understand to ensure the job gets done.

Loyalist PR: What were some of the highlights from your year in Loyalist PR?

LF: I would have to say the biggest highlight of the year for me was our trip to the Steam Whistle Brewery. I am a huge fan of beer so it was nice to see how they make it and I learned how I might apply my newly acquired education to something I love.

Also, working on projects like the United Way fundraiser with all of my classmates really felt good. Not only because we were doing something for a good cause but because our hard work and effort clearly paid off.

Loyalist PR: Any advice for students entering the program this fall?

LF: Keep an open mind and pay attention during the True Colours Workshop. Don't forget to blow off some steam. The pub opens at 12 noon and closes at 4 throughout the day.

Loyalist PR: Ha, thanks, Luc – I’m sure they’ll take you up on that advice! Good luck on your new job!


Carlie said...

I noticed that Luc Fournier's education before the Public Relations program does not appear to be directly related to his current employment. I'm just wondering how many PR grads go into jobs that are related to what they studied previously, and how many find employment doing something totally new? Is it easy to branch into something totally new and different with the PR certification that we're earning?

Loyalist PR said...

Great questions, Carlie!

I think a lot of students naturally choose industry sectors that are of interest to them, and that reflect their past educational experience before Loyalist PR.

But in other cases, like Luc's, it's simply a passion for a new field that encourages them to apply.

The skill set we're learning this year is so broad, that it's really applicable in thousands of sectors. So in that case, branching into new areas is natural.

I hope this answers your questions!


Lucas said...

For myself, getting my degree in political science wasn't about focusing on a career in politics. Nor am I taking PR to specifically locate a job in Public Relations. For me, education is about building a wide variety of skills that will improve my resume, and help me find a "real job". Hopefully that plan works out. It's a big transition from Ottawa back to Belleville btw lol

Elysia said...

This was a really interesting read for me. I find it encouraging that previous grads were able to find jobs in the Quinte region, and I hope Luc is liking TMHF!