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    Hi all,

    I'm feeling somewhat underwhelmed at the opportunities available to PR graduates at the moment. Having previously worked in customer services before starting a PR degree, I earned £18k for seemingly being a telephone operator.

    After dabbling in internal comms for the company I was with, I decided that I liked the idea of PR and went on to do a degree. Now in my third year, I've ran a number of local and national campaigns on my own and on behalf of companies and individuals I've made contact with outside of University. I'm now expecting a 1st in the subject and currently on the look out for PR jobs. Needless to say I'm now a tad worried about the potential offers out there.

    Having looked at PR jobs in the North West (where I live), the wages are incredibly low (11 - 16k!), and to even get a look in, it seems you need alot of experience working in-house or at a company already.

    The graduate schemes I've seen are based in London, where I know I can't relocate due to the costs involved and family commitments up here in Manchester. I've since been looking at other grad schemes, and it seems that the chances of getting on to one are really quite slim.

    I don't really know what I'm expecting by writing this thread, I guess I'm just quite worried as the new year approaches and wanted to see if there are any other PR grads in the same situation?

    Ahh someone I can sympathise with as im reaching the end of my teather at the moment!

    I graduated in june at the uni of Manchester, with a first in Bsc Management. 3x A's at a levels.

    My main interest is marketing (in which i specialist) have a bit of experience there and have always worked (at Aviva at the moment). Absolutely no opportunities in manchester I feel, alot of small marketing firms offering appalling salaries, but even they dont have the decency to reply to me. They ALL want experienced/ older people.

    I cannot pass grad scheme interview for big firms. I had one for a firm in manchester i REALLy wanted. They said i had excellent commercial awareness, business knowledge, passion and company knowledge but they pulled me up on the most minute things on my competency answers; misinterpreting me. These have all been General management schemes really, barely ANY marketing out there.

    I failed an interview for proctor and gamble in harrogate and that was SALES not even marketing. Very few marketing schemes and there all down south.

    My only options now appear to be sales or recruitment based. I found a firm local to me that looks good and on the up. Had an interview with them but even THEY said 'your cv is too good to believe, its too good' ; so i just feel my academic background is wasted

    I feel 12 hour days cold calling isn't really on the same level if im not good at is. Obviously if the commision is actually there I would take a punt.

    Sorry for rambling but im currently at the end of my teather and my unis careers service is ****.

    I think theres a nice for someone to set up a really good careers help service! Because I have NOBODY to turn to.

    (this website is also poor in that there is no dedicated area for marketing/pr/sales/general management. All the hype is law/accountancy etc. I feel i have the qualifications to go into any of these careers, but I just dont want to. I feel there more structured and have predetermined paths. Whereas 'management' and marketing are too general and you dont get training contracts or ACA's)
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    Ah Nick - thanks for the reply - we sound like a couple of right down and outs lol!

    I'm Manchester-based too, and completely agree with you, it's actually quite appalling at the moment. The scheme I'm currently looking at is General Management, seems that I could potentially apply my skills to that role and hopefully find a project within the company that appeals to me, but it is sad when you've gone through Uni doing something you love just to be disheartened when you come out the other end.

    Marketing is a weird one - alot of companies I've seen take marketing as cold, hard sales. And don't get me started on PR, unless it's with an agency on a low salary!

    I'm sure you'll find something very soon though, and I'll keep my eyes open for anything which may appeal to us as the token Marketing/PR peeps on this forum!!
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