Public Relations Specialist ranks #3 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Creative and Media Jobs. Students who “enjoy relationship building, have strong persuasion skills, think outside the box and have a knack for storytelling” can be especially successful in the field of public relations, according to Forbes.
Every industry—from law and politics to technology and entertainment—employs public relations specialists. These professionals may work as corporate bloggers, organization spokespeople, social media liaisons, or brand managers. The field requires specific marketing and communications skills that students can begin to develop in high school and continue throughout their college years.
In order to be effective at handling crisis communications, creating earned media opportunities, or managing online reputations, public relations specialists need to understand how to maintain positive relationships between their clients and the public, according to HubSpot.
Becoming an Expert in the Field
The Marketing and Communications pathway at Laurel Springs School is a perfect match for aspiring public relations professionals. Our elective options help bolster the strong academic foundation that students build in AP and Honors classes through our student-centered approach. Students have an opportunity to examine real-world applications of marketing and communications concepts in courses such as:
- Advertising and Sales Promotion
- Public Speaking
- Social Media: Our Connected World
- Sports and Entertainment Marketing
USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism states that successful public relations professionals should be experts in communication (especially writing), be fluent in social media and related skills (such as Photoshop and SEO), and be able to think outside the box. Laurel Springs provides opportunities to nurture these skills and develop an attractive high school transcript at the same time.
Explore the courses in our Marketing and Communication pathway—and our other career-focused curriculum options—to see how students at our private online school acquire the knowledge needed to reach their goals for college and career.
Ready to move forward? It’s time to connect with your Laurel Springs representative or our admissions team to learn how our online college prep programs prepare students for success in post-secondary degree programs and satisfying occupations.