I LOVE public relations. I love writing, building relationships, talking, giving presentations – the whole bit. I’ve always known that I would end up choosing a career in communications, but until recently, my excitement for PR has always been tamed by my interest for something else.
You see, I’ve always had this overwhelming fascination with the health care field. I thought it was incredible how emergency room doctors could react under such pressure, how surgeons could perform so perfectly after operating for several hours straight, how nurses could be compassionate and alert all the time. But like many communications students, what I made up for in writing and reading, I lacked in science and math. I was starting to feel a little hopeless – like I would never find a profession that I would be truly happy in. Then I scored an internship at Henry Ford Health System.
It was – no joke – one of the best summers of my life. As corny as it sounds, I finally found a place where I truly felt like I belonged. I was learning about diseases and research studies and in turn, sharing all the amazing things the System was doing with the media and general public. And the best part was, I completely stood behind everything I promoted. It was after suiting up to watch a kidney transplant that I realized PR is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.
The moral of the story is this: The beauty of PR is that you can turn passions and even hobbies into careers. We PR practitioners pride ourselves on being creative so why not extend that ingenuity to the job search?
— Liz Trudeau, Chapter President