Public relations and communications may be a great career path for those with public relations, journalism, communications or English degrees. You should have exceptional interpersonal skills, enjoy interacting with all types of people, be organized and be good at problem-solving and writing.
If you're interested in public relations and are just starting out, consider the following options to gain valuable experience.
- Write an article, column or blog for your school paper, installation or local newspaper.
- Volunteer for a political campaign, nonprofit organization or at your child's school to help with writing, editing, interviewing, social media or other public relations tasks.
- Investigate internship positions at public relations firms or at corporate public relations departments.
- Develop a website and start promoting your services.
- Attend seminars and webinars to receive additional training and network with others in the field.
Your goal is to gain experience so you can produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate your abilities to a potential employer.
Search for job opportunities with companies and organizations committed to hiring military spouses on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search. If you have public relations experience, you may be looking for a position in a specific sector, but if you are new to the field, you may want to research positions in areas including the following:
- Public relations
- Community relations
- Public affairs
- Media relations
- Health care communications
- Integrated marketing communications
Spouse Ambassador Network members, such as Blue Star Families and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, can also be great resources for military spouses to find public relations employment opportunities.
Professional organizations and networking
Consider joining a professional organization in your chosen field to gain a better understanding of current industry practices and policies surrounding public relations. Professional organizations are great ways to continue your education through workshops and conferences, which will add to your transferable skill set as you move. Networking with other professionals in your industry will give you an edge in meeting the right people who may have the connections you need to obtain an interview at your new location. Read The Value of Professional Associations for more information on how becoming a member can help enhance your career.
Whether you're looking at public relations as a possible career choice, studying public relations or seeking employment in the public relations field, the SECO program offers resources to assist you in meeting your goals through the MySECO website.
- Find a mentor through the Military Spouse eMentor Program.
- Use the Research Occupations tool to find extensive information about the public relations field and the job outlook in your area.
- Use the College Scorecard and the Scholarship Finder to investigate schools and ways to pay for your education.
- Take self-assessments to ensure this career choice lines up with your interests and skills.
- Build your individual career plan, or MyICP, to map out your career and education goals.
- Use the Resume Builder to draft an informative resume that will land you that first interview.
The public relations field offers diversity and can be a challenging and rewarding career path. Do your homework, investigate the possibilities and contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 for additional assistance.