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Launching Your Career in PR, Communication, and Marketing

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On Nov. 24th, industry leaders in communications, PR, and marketing shared their unique insights with McGill’s students.

Everyone that attended the Speaker Series session got their hands on some top tips for the next step in their career. The presenters spoke with great candour while reaffirming that there is no specific path to become a communications professional. Here are just a few of these fantastic tips:

 Valery Pasionek: self-confessed agency addict.

  • There’s no vanilla flavour in an agency —no one’s bland!
  • If you decide to work in an agency, you’ll have a chance to learn from the industry’s superstars.
  • When job-hunting, don’t sell your skills, sell yourself.

 

Darini Vedarattiname: lives to help others and has managed to make a career out of it.

  • Don’t waste your time working for an organization if it’s not right for you.
  • Build your network and brand—stand out and rise above the noise.
  • Help people and be genuine while doing so. You never know what may come of it.

 

Deborah Hinton: believes that it’s ok if your career path looks like a squiggly line.

  • Give yourself career goals to help you stay on track. Figure out what you want to achieve and give yourself a deadline.
  • Embrace curiosity: ask questions and get involved.
  • Make sure your network is diverse—we can learn a great deal from different people.

Many of us walked away from this memorable evening with a new set of tricks up our sleeves.

Thank you Deborah, Darini, and Valery for taking the time to come to McGill—we can’t wait to put your tips into practice!

Also, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the support of Investor’s Group for sponsoring the post-event networking session.

Many students voiced interest for professional mentoring. For further information about the resources at the SCS, please feel inclined to send an email to Emilie Nketiah at labourmarketconnections.scs@mcgill.ca.

 

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Students come together to “Make Networking Great Again”

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FREE student membership: Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals

camplogoThe Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP) is a Canadian based organization of marketers who collaborate, share insights and work to augment knowledge to elevate the marketing profession. CAMP’s focus is on keeping the marketer relevant to meet the ever changing business landscape while providing a trusted community to their members.  Membership is comprised of marketing executives in large companies, marketing directors and managers in SMEs, marketing entrepreneurs and consultants, SEO experts, graphic designers, copywriters, agencies of all sizes and students embarking on a new career in marketing. (more…)

Young Communicators In Motion

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The International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Montréal “speed style networking” event for student-professionals is back for its 2nd edition on May 3rd, 2016.
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Upcoming SQPRP Events

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Start your professional new year on the right foot! SQPRP (Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques), the largest network of public relations professionals in Quebec, is pleased to kick-off 2016 with a number of new professional development events and workshops. Register for these upcoming events or learn more about membership with SQPRP!
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#CheersToLeChainon

CheersCongratulations to The McGill PR Grad Students for producing such a remarkable event last month! It was a beautiful evening at the sumptuous Mayfair Cocktail Bar as over 130 guests enjoyed specialty cocktails, delicious bites, and a riveting raffle with amazing prizes (like tea at the Ritz!).

Check out photo booth pictures from Studio Zoetropia

Didn’t make it to the event? Check out the Facebook page with all of the cool prizes you could have won!

Of course, the evening of revelry was all for a good cause as proceeds from ticket sales and raffle ticket purchases went to benefit Le Chainon, a Montreal based women’s shelter. Reports from organisers indicate that the event raised over $5,000 for the charity, more than double its original goal.

Well done to all!

Read more about Mixing & Mingling project

About Le Chainon
Our mission is to help Le Chainon, a Montreal based women’s shelter that welcomes and offers assistance to women in crisis. The shelter has been helping women since 1932 and has made it its mission to provide guidance, assistance, shelter and security to women in need and to them regain their independence. Le Chainon helps hundreds of women every year and is dedicated to providing unconditional hospitality 365 days a year. For more information visit: http://www.lechainon.org/

PR Grad Students present a night of Mixing & Mingling to benefit Le Chainon

ImprimirThe McGill PR Grad Students present a night of Mixing & Mingling at the fabulous Mayfair Cocktail Bar. All proceeds go to Le Chainon, a Montreal based women’s shelter that welcomes and offers assistance to women in crisis.

Wednesday November 18, 2015
from 6pm-8pm

TICKETS:
$20 | Early Bird
$25 | At The Door

Check out the Facebook page to get in touch with organizers for tickets.

 

– Guests will enjoy a complimentary specialty cocktail from the outstanding Mayfair Cocktail Bar

– Complimentary hors d’oeuvres

– 1 entry into a raffle and chance to buy more tickets with tons of amazing prizes from our sponsors: Bronzage Bishop, Unique Foods, Juliette & Chocolat, L’Oreal, Cinema Carnaval, Musée Grévin, La Petite Robe Noire, Big Time Watches, Oxford Learning Center, Studio MW, Restaurateur and chef Helena Loureiro, Mayfair, Bistro Balmoral and more.

– Photobooth provided by photographer Joey Franco

Our mission is to help Le Chainon, a Montreal based women’s shelter that welcomes and offers assistance to women in crisis. The shelter has been helping women since 1932 and has made it its mission to provide guidance, assistance, shelter and security to women in need and to them regain their independence. Le Chainon helps hundreds of women every year and is dedicated to providing unconditional hospitality 365 days a year.
#CheersToLeChainon

 

Exclusive IABC/Montreal Event: November 4

Looking to find out more about what it takes to build a career in communications? Find out how the comms leaders that power Sid Lee, Hill+Knowlton, Massy-Forget and Mediative started their professional journeys. Attend this exclusive IABC/Montreal event on November 4 and share your CV with our outstanding panelists. We’re looking forward to meeting you and supporting the next generation of communicators!

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Networking Event with PR Industry Leaders – Friday, October 16

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Join industry leaders as they share tips and advice for your next step in career success. Includes opportunities to mingle with featured speakers, students and alumni.

Marketing, Public Relations & Communications
Friday, October 16
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Featuring:
Frederic Harnois – Campaign Manager, Bloom Search Marketing
Leslie Quinton – Leader – Strategic Communication Practice, LRN
Lauren Scott – Communications and Public Relations Manager, Distech Controls
Jackson Wightman – Founder, Proper Propaganda

Free for McGill SCS students and alumni!
Places are limited.

REGISTER TODAY

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PR Networking

Don’t forget to attend!

Join industry leaders as they share tips and advice for your next step in career success. Includes opportunities to mingle with featured speakers, students and alumni.FEATURING:
Frédéric Rondeau – Partner, Espace M
Lauren Scott – Marketing Communications – PR Specialist, Distech Controls
Rodrigo Lima – Strategic Account Director, CNW Group
Kristina Colpitts – Founder & Social Media Strategist, B Social
Lisa J. Weiss – Creator, I of the Storm Coaching & Consulting
Friday, May 8

Marketing, Public Relations & Communications

Cost: $18

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

A networking reception will follow.


Places are limited.

 
 

McGill PR Students Exhibit Strong – and Ethical – Crisis Communication Skills

The following guest post is written by Melissa Agnes who reflects on her experience with McGill PR students

I recently had the opportunity to teach a 3 hour course to Victoria Pickering’s Ethics in PR class at McGill University. Giving guest lectures is something I do regularly onMelissa Agnes at a speaking engagement different topics that derive from the subject of crisis management, but I have to say that this particular experience is one that will stay with me.

 The class as a whole demonstrated a profound understanding of what it means to communicate ethically in a crisis.

The 30+ students in this #PREthics771 class were perceptive, engaging and hungry for knowledge. Through our discussion of today’s crisis realities, and our examination of real-world crises, including the current Ebola crisis and Malaysia Airlines’s crises of 2014, the class as a whole demonstrated a profound understanding of what it means to communicate ethically in a crisis.

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Student-Alumni Career Workshop March 15 – Save the date!

 

The big day is almost here! McGill Public Relations Student and Alumni Network has put together an amazing roster of speakers and sessions for the 2014 edition of their half-day networking and educational event featuring public relations industry leaders.

It’s called “From the classroom to the boardroom”.  Speakers include

  • Bruno Guglielminetti (Mr. Social Media in Quebec) now at Just For Laughs, on keeping your social media profile in good shape
  • John Crean, National Managing Partner of NATIONAL Public Relations, who’s flying in from Toronto especially for the event, on the Top 5 Mistakes beginners make in agencies, and the myths and realities of working in the corporate vs. the agency world
  • Elisabeth, La tête chercheuse, a top-notch recruiter to advise on CVs and interviews
  • Representatives from the SQPRP and from IABC to network with.

 

DATE:    Saturday, March 15

TIME:    10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

PLACE: Montreal office of NATIONAL Public Relations, in the Sun Life Building – 1155 Metcalfe, suite 800)

COST: Only $15. A light lunch will be served. (McGill PR students and grads only, please.)

Please register in advance as space is limited and security at the Sun Life Building requires a full list of attendees in order to allow you entry into the building.  Register at https://cce.mcgill.ca/cce_shop/main_menu.asp?forms=prcareerworkshop&dept=cms&lang=EN

 

Networking Event with IABC and MACES

Help kick start your career by coming to the networking event hosted by MACES along with IABC  this coming Friday October 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Thompson House.

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Save the date: October 4

IABC Montreal, in collaboration with the McGill Association for Continuing Education Students (MACES), is sponsoring “Your Future Starts Now”:  a panel of three communications, HR and business pros interact with MACES members to share career tips and advice that will help future graduates identify and make the best of future career opportunities. More info to come in this column or at IABC website.

Embarras de choix! IABC and SQPRP cocktails same night!

You will have to choose, ladies and gentlemen. IABC Montreal is having its fall cocktail on Wednesday, September 25 at 6 p.m. at the Café du Musée des Beaux-Arts.  Attractions include a draw for a free ticket for an event later in the season. New members and students are always welcome, and it’s so easy to get involved. Only $10 for students!

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