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Thursday 23 June 2016

Meet PR student Abi Kitcher

This week we hear from Solent PR student Abi Kitcher, who has had a very successful second year,  leading to some great experiences.


This year has been a year full of achievements with the odd spell of stress but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

During the year my modules have given me some fantastic opportunities. Two great highlights have been winning ‘Best Festival Place Pitch’ alongside my Digital PR group and getting a 1st for my individual debate in Corporate Communications. The year saw me take part in many new things from debates to client pitches… In addition to this I created my own online CV portfolio, a Microsite development plan and continued to broaden my writing skills.

University events such as ‘Meet The Professionals’ and ‘eCampaign in a day’ were great experiences for all PR SSU students, giving us the opportunity to make contacts in a safe and less daunting environment and helped me to develop my PR skills. Furthermore ‘Meet The Professionals’ encouraged me create contacts with PR professionals and achieve a greater understanding of what PR in the real world was like. If I hadn’t have opted myself in for these events I wouldn’t be as knowledgeable as I am now. A great rule for second year is to never think that ‘optional’ means you don’t have to go, it will always be a great opportunity for personal development!

Beyond university studies another great achievement has to be being featured in #BestPRblogs. The online magazine Behind The Spin hold an annual competition, selecting a handful of best PR student blogs each week; I was happy to be in there the last few months! The thrill of my writing being recognised and makes all the handwork worthwhile!

During second year students are required to secure two short term work placements, assisted by the ‘Employability & Work Placement Skills’ module. However, I have been lucky enough to be offered a part time role as Junior PR Account Executive for Darren Northeast PR, meaning I will be able to develop my industry skills in anticipation of graduation next year.

Overall,  I am so proud of everything I have achieved this year. I have made great friendships and priceless connections, and been offered opportunities that I could have only dreamed of a year ago!

Bring on third year!

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