Many of us are graduating in the next few months and going to be looking for a job but is a bachelors degree enough? The job market is more competitive than ever because of the current economy and lay-offs. It seems that employers have a more qualified group of applicants to choose from. So what chance do recent graduates have to find a job?
I believe continuing your education and obtaining accreditation in your field is vital to obtaining a job and having a successful career. People who think their education ends when they receive their bachelors are mistaken. Education never stops and no matter how smart you are, not having more experience and accreditation could hurt your chances of securing a job. Having degrees, experience and accreditations is important in marketing yourself as a valuable employee.
Felicia W. Blow discusses the importance of obtaining accreditation for PR professionals in her blog post Your Best Bet For Success-Navigating The Accreditation Process. Blow is Accredited in Public Relations and believes it exemplifies her ability as a PR predictor and makes her a more valuable asset to her employer.
Obtaining any kind of degree and/or accreditation makes you a more valuable asset to an employer. That is why I plan to continue on to graduate school and pursue accreditation in my field. Being successful doesn’t require you to obtain accreditations or multiple degrees, but it will certainly put you one step ahead of others seeking the same job. Do you think having multiple degrees and accreditations is the only way to be successful? What is success anyway?
The APR is proof that you are knowledgeable and professional in PR, but it doesn’t make you successful. Blow is an advocate for the APR and believes PR professional should earn the credential. I completely agree. Being credible is important in every field and one way to do that is to obtain credentials. Do you plan to obtain accreditation in PR? Is it important to be members of professional programs, such as PRSA? Will being accredited help you be more successful?