On Friday, Oct. 27 the Eastern Michigan chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America will wrap up the month by hosting the annual Student Development Conference. The conference will be held in the campus student center from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in room 310AB open to all students, alumni, and the public. Free, professional headshots are offered from 1:15-2:00 p.m. provided by the University’s Division of Communications.
PRSSA is a student organization that assists students in striving towards a better professional world regardless of a student’s discipline. Within the Student Development Conference, the student board decided to curate a diverse culmination of professions to speak at the event this year. The industries that will be showcased include professional development, community outreach & public relations, sports journalism & media, and STEM.
With each panel, PRSSA will guide a discussion around lessons they learned throughout their career lifetime. This is significant to students because they were once at our crossroads of decisions, once walking the same college route, and they succeeded in finding a purpose that intersected with their skills and passions.
Due to the intersections of majors and disciplines within the speakers, there is information for anyone to take advantage of. PRSSA has seasoned professionals coming in from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Franco, Airfoil, Ilitch Sports & Entertainment, Bosch, EMU University Advising and Career Development Center, and many more.
The consumption of insight from knowledgeable people can improve how to make decisions for your path in life decisively. They are coming in to share the pools of lessons with many who have not fully entered the professional world. There will also be an abundance of opportunities to ask questions about the culture of their industry or pieces of advice that they have to ensure a competitive advantage within the field.
Since the pandemic, there has been growth in human interactions and forming communities as social distancing is less prevalent in college life. Although PRSSA is back to an in-person conference rather than Zoom, the digital world has changed the landscape of networking and job applications.
To give students the proper tools needed to succeed the Division of Communications is offering professional headshots to use on portfolio covers, LinkedIn profiles, or any other platform to properly present yourself! They will begin taking headshots at 1:15 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
The students of PRSSA hope to connect people to the knowledge they need to find a path that is suitable for the lifestyle they want. There is an open door to all those who wish to attend and connect with the talented individuals coming to Eastern Michigan University on Friday, Oct. 27. To access more information there will be in-depth descriptions on the PRSSA SDC webpage and the Instagram page @EMUPRSSA.