PRSSA E-Board Member Interview with Lauren Dissmore upon Graduation

INTERVIEW WITH PRSSA 2010-2011 EXECUTIVE BOARD

Name:  Lauren Dissmore

Major: Public Relations

Class: Senior

Member Since: 2009

Connect: @LaurenDissmore / LinkedIn

How did you become a part of PRSSA?

I met a recent grad from the public relations program at Dally in the Alley in Sept. ’09, who told me that if I ever wanted a job, I needed to join PRSSA and attend as many activities as possible.  Since she already had a job, I took her advice.

Why did you run for a leadership position on the executive board?

I thought that I had a good personality to execute the Member Services duties.  I also wanted experience in assisting an organization, and wanted hands-on training in doing so.  It was a great opportunity. 

What have you done to prepare for a career in this field?

I have had an internship, which gave me a variety of tangible pieces to add to my portfolio.  I have volunteered to do social media for my “after-school” job.  I have written press releases for friends when they needed help.  Any chance offered  – I took it. 

How do you plan to use your knowledge and experience gained from the board in the real world?

Everyday is a learning experience, and you should never stop learning, at least I don’t want to stop.  Working with different types of people from different backgrounds, educational or otherwise, is also something I want to take with me into the “real world”.   A variety of people may operate differently than those you may be familar working alongside. 

What advice can you give for students who are looking to be more active in PRSSA?

Attend meetings.  Get involved.  Under the circumstances and previous commitments, I could only attend one event.  You can STILL be involved if the meeting schedules don’t work with yours.  Write for the blog or Salute.  Stay active with the WSU PRSSA board on Facebook and constantly stay updated via Twitter.

What was your favorite experience with PRSSA?

Increasing our member base by 15% this semester.  It was a challenging and tedious task, but the end results were great, and seen as quite an accomplishment.

How has PRSSA prepared you for a career?

PRSSA has given me a taste of how much goes into a career in PR and has taught me how to use my time more effectively such as multi-tasking projects. PRSSA helped manage and juggle the multiple tasks with workshops and professional insight.

What is your favorite quote?

I’m not sure I have one favorite… lately it’s been “Nothing is impossible” which is imprinted on a ring that I purchased at Target.  It’s a little reminder I keep on my hand for myself.  In high school cheer leading, we had these posters called “Fire ups,” and it kind of reminds me that, just a little phrase to keep my spirits high and to fire me up! “Go Lauren!”

What is your career plan after graduation?

As the professionals at our professional panel said, “ The people in HR at any company can smell your desperation.”  For a long time, I felt as though SUCCESS meant obtaining a job in your field after you graduate.  After putting out a million resumes, researching companies to writing proper cover letters, I’m starting to get used to the fact that I might not get a job immediately in the PR field.  While PR maintains my interest more than anything else, I have to learn to accept the fact that if I don’t get a job in my field immediately, it doesn’t mean I’m not successful. 

What advice do you have for students interested in public relations?

Seriously, join PRSSA.  There are so many opportunities that the organization offers you.  From receiving invaluable professional advice to helping write and pitching to the media. When you’re a student, there is so much room for growth and I feel that the Detroit community is more than willing to lend a helping hand to the future Detroit PR community.

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