Today's Loyalist PR graduate profile features Lucas Wales (2011/12) who is now working for the Municipality of Marmora & Lake as a paid Economic Development Intern.
Before enrolling in the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College, Lucas graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a degree in Political Science and Canadian Studies.
Loyalist PR: What made you decide to apply to the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College?
Lucas Wales: After graduating from Carleton, I felt like I needed to specialize in a field that I was both interested in and that would broaden my career search. I happened to stumble upon the Loyalist PR blog, and that took me to the Loyalist PR course outline.
I knew after graduating from university that I needed to do something else to prepare myself for the workforce, and Loyalist PR was an excellent choice.
Loyalist PR: How did this program help prepare you for your current job role?
Lucas: Coming into Loyalist PR, I was trapped in a student mindset, and I was not fully ready to enter the force in a full time position.
Loyalist PR, through all the opportunities, events, organizing, and courses, has altered this student mindset to a professional employee mindset.
It is hard to put into words, but university doesn’t always polish people enough to be prepared to enter the workforce; it’s missing a crucial element and personal touch. If you are looking for that competitive advantage then Loyalist PR is for you.
Loyalist PR: Can you tell us about one of the highlights of your year in Loyalist PR?
Lucas: The biggest highlight of the year for me was seeing how successful a group of people can be after they come together and buy into ideas. Seeing all the team events and fundraisers come together, and seeing everyone help each other out was pretty remarkable.
Loyalist PR: Any words of advice for students entering the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist this fall?
Lucas: This program is not university, and that is what graduates need to experience. Coming from a university environment students will probably find the transition a bit tough at first, but hang in there and this program will be worth your time. Sitting in the same classroom, with the same people, everyday is a foreign concept at first, but it is the best choice a young professional can make.
Loyalist PR is an investment in your career, but remember you only get out of it what you put in.
Loyalist PR: Thanks for sharing, Lucas -- and good luck in your future endeavours!