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When Mary Davoudi visited Solent's public relations and communication students earlier this month, she brought a wealth of experience in the public relations industry with her.

30th November 2016
Marketing, communications and public relations

When Mary Davoudi visited Solent's public relations and communication students earlier this month, she brought a wealth of experience in the public relations industry with her.

In her career so far, Mary has worked as a PR assistant for London Fashion Week, a marketing and events coordinator, and most recently, as an engagement officer for the largest PR membership association in Europe - the Public Relations and Communication Association (PRCA).

 


 

During her time with the students she spoke about gender pay gaps, securing a job in PR and making the most of PRCA as a membership body.

PR_SSU have put together a list of Mary’s best tips from the morning:

  • Find your passion by exploring!
  • No experience? Use your university's societies, approach charities and start a blog.
  • See yourself as an investment – take advantage of opportunities and training.
  • Feeling shy? Fake confidence at networking events, it may lead to your next great opportunity.
  • Use PR keywords to describe what you have done - so many jobs have transferable skills.
  • Utilise your social media accounts. Take advantage of your confidence on these platforms.
  • Provide employers with hooks and discover your unique selling points.
  • Be proactive – network, network, network!
  • Be confident – people are rarely confident enough.
  • Take advantage of the PRCA’s online training.

Feeling inspired? Find out more about public relations and communications courses here at Southampton Solent.