Today's Loyalist PR graduate profile features Mark Goguen (2012/13) who is now employed as a Communications Assistant at Quinte Conservation.
Prior to enrolling in the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College, Mark completed a diploma in Radio Broadcasting from Loyalist College.
Loyalist PR: Can you tell us about some of your duties as Communications Assistant at Quinte Conservation?
Mark: My tasks include event planning, fundraising, updating social media feeds, designing posters, pamphlets and other promotional materials, writing media releases and much more!
Loyalist PR: Why did you decide to enrol in the Post-Grad PR Program here at Loyalist?
Mark: I decided to enroll in Loyalist PR because I wanted to explore different career options and add more skills to my resume. Loyalist PR seemed like the perfect fit for me, because I knew I would be getting hands-on training that would help me find a job.
Loyalist PR: How did the Post-Grad PR Program help prepare you for current job?
Mark: It prepared me in so many ways! When it came time to write a media release, I knew exactly what to do, and what not to do. The design class helped me more than I ever thought it would, since in this position I'm required to do a lot of design work, like brochures and posters.
Loyalist PR: Can you share with us some of your highlights from the Loyalist PR program?
Mark: My favourite highlights were our class trip to Toronto, the Halloween potluck and the Christmas party -- and pretty much anything involving food! I also really enjoyed meeting new people and making lifelong friends.
Loyalist PR: Any words of advice for this year's Loyalist PR crew?
Mark: During your internship if you work hard and show initiative and always say "yes" (when appropriate of course!), your employer will take notice. Don't get too worried if you don't find an internship right away in January. It just means the right one is around the corner. I only secured my internship two weeks before the end of the semester, and I'm still here now!
Loyalist PR: Thanks, Mark - and all the best with Quinte Conservation!