PR a La Carte 2015 Line-up

PR a La Carte is just a couple of days away and the PURE committee is thrilled to have secured some amazing PR professionals for the night! There is nothing more valuable than being able to chat away with people that have been in your shoes once, and now stand where you ultimately want to end up. The professionals we meet at PR a la Carte always manage to put us all in awe and we leave feeling inspired and excited – because our industry is full of amazing people with some great stories!

This years PR a la Carte is going to be an amazing night, with three fantastic PR-professionals attending.

Sharon Maloney:

Sharon Maloney is the Director of Spun Communications and an experienced public relations/communications specialist.

Her skills include developing and implementing integrated communications strategies; event management; reputation and brand management; writing everything from newsletters, advertisements, websites to media releases and reports, editing and proof reading, social networking strategy and much more.

  • Follow her on Facebook, Spun Communications.

Rhiannon Sloan:

Rhiannon Sloan is a Marketing Communications Coordinator with UXC Eclipse, a leading provider of intelligent business solutions to the enterprise and mid-markets. Rhiannon is also the chair for the PRIA Young Guns and is studying marketing and PR at Curtin. Rhiannon has during her 5+ years in PR worked for places such as PPR and the Strategist group and has developed a strong skill set including brand development, media relations, event management, direct marketing campaigns, website design and content, social media, copywriting and editing, research, crisis management and stakeholder communication.

Hannah Tagore:

Hannah Tagore has worked across the world for Prime Ministers, celebrities and charities. Beginning in entertainment PR, Hannah has worked on movies such as Love Actually and with Hollywood stars such as Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan, music legend Lionel Ritchie and author Terry Pratchett. She represented the interests of international shipping companies such a BP, Shell, P&O in parliament and the media before briefly working with membership bodies including the UK Royal Colleges. Hannah spent the last decade working for charity and has won 5 PR Week Awards, 2 Medical Journalist Association awards and Third Sector Charity of the Year for her work with Alzheimer’s Society where she ran a 30 person communications and campaigns team. She returned to Perth in January to a job she has always wanted to do, Director of Media and Communications for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

To get to know more about Hannah and the other amazing PR professionals mentioned here, come to the PURE PR a La Carte this Friday, 6pm at Metro Bar and Bistro.

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PURE President 2015

Put your hand up for President, she said.

It will be fun, she said!

Well, she was right!!

She of course, is Me. In case you do not know me I would like to take this opportunity to offically introduce myself, my name is Lynsey Brady and as of March 2015 I was voted in as President of PURE at Murdoch University. I trust you are all familiar with the fabulous PURE committee and what it is we do, if you are not then … you are in for a treat!

Well. In a nutshell… we are the student Public Relations Chapter at Murdoch University and our sole purpose is to plan, coordinate, and host events for communications students…

Are students from other disciplines and Uni’s across Perth welcome at these events as well, I hear you ask?

Well, of course they are!

Immediately after being voted following the lovely Kayla Webb stepping down I was asking myself, what have I done!? As if I don’t have enough on my plate!

But not one to shy away from a challenge, I brushed off my worries and started to get excited! It seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring my leadership A game in my 3rd and final year at Murdoch.

After a brilliant 2014 which seen the committee and our events grow from strength to strength, this year looks to be the perfect opportunity for PURE to push forward and gain some serious momentum through cross-collaborations with other emerging leaders and University committee’s, get up to some social media hijinks, and have some serious fun in the process!

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I have no doubt whatsoever that the committee is going to rock it this year!
PURE has some fantastic ideas in the pipeline and we would love to see and hear from you throughout the year. Whether it’s at our events or through something as simple as sharing one of our blog posts. Don’t be shy, It all counts!

/Lynsey Brady

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*Do you want to know more about Lynsey? Click on the “Our Committee” tab and you can find more information about all our committee members!

4 reasons to study abroad, seen through the eyes of an international student.

So on Wednesday (15th of April) Murdoch is hosting a Study abroad and Exchange fair and I recommend that every single one of you go. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, even if it is only for a semester, I think you should. I left Sweden almost 5 years ago, and although things are harder away from your family, traveling and studying in a country other than your own is a life changing experience and it definitely makes you a different (I would say better) person.

1. It makes your resume stronger and can boost your chances to get employed.

Problem solving, adaptability and your relationship-building skills improve something ridiculous when you are forced to live and study in a country other than your own. I have lived away from Sweden since I was 19 and I have never called my parents screaming for help (although I have wanted to several times…), I have instead had to make friends and contacts where I am. This has not only made me realize that I am stronger than I ever thought, but also that people are friendlier and more helpful than I could ever imagine.

2. You gain cultural understanding  

In today’s society, where you will meet and work with people from all over the world, it doesn’t cut it walking around thinking that people from other cultures are strange. During my time in Australia I have made friends from Germany, The U.S, Australia, Singapore, China, Malaysia, England and New Zealand, just to mention a few. It is easy to become close minded if you never venture outside your safe little haven surrounded by your family and childhood friends. People from different places find different things funny, annoying or interesting, and having this in the back of your mind will make you a relationship-building Superstar. It also makes you a better human being. Period.

3. It builds you up in more ways than one.

There is nothing more liberating (and terrifying) than moving to a country where you know no one, and no one knows anything about you. For me, this truly made me analyze not only who I was, but also who I wanted to become. I have freely been able to shape my own personality (through triumphs and downfalls along the way) without people around me telling me that “I have changed”.

4. You become a risk-taker.

A dear friend of mine (who I met traveling) once said to me; “Nothing always leads to nothing, and something always leads to something”This saying has since become somewhat of a mantra to me. When you look back at your time away you realise that being outside your comfort zone for that long has made you look at risks with different eyes. After all it is just another opportunity, right?

*The exchange fair is on between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday at South street Campus*. 

/Jenny Ljunggren

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Top Five lessons I have learned during my PR internship with Launchcode PR.

For just over two months I have been doing an unpaid internship with Launchcode PR. Launchcode PR specialises in public relations and marketing for tech start up companies. This has been my first internship and it has been a big learning curve. I would like to share what I have discovered during my work experience.

  1. People are friendlier than you would expect.

I don’t know why but I assumed doing an internship would be like The Devil Wears Prada. I thought I would be working for a cold unapproachable boss and would be eaten alive if I made a mistake. The reality was my boss was patient, friendly and encouraging. Launchcode PR is located in a co working space in Northbridge called Tech Hub. As a female going into tech, which is mainly a male dominated industry, I was a bit intimidated but soon realised I had nothing to worry about. The Tech Hub members always made me feel included. So don’t be afraid to speak to the people you work with, everyone has something they can teach you.

  1. Believe it or not working in an office can be hard on your body.

It never occurred to me that I might find it difficult to sit in one spot from 10am to 4pm but it was at first. I suppose I got used to primary school, high school and university where we got regular breaks. Whilst I have been fortunate to go out to lunch with my colleagues on a few occasions I often didn’t like leaving my desk because of the work time I felt I would miss out on. My shoulders, neck and back could get pretty sore being hunched over my laptop so my advice to people starting work experience would be to force yourself to get up and stretch your legs every now and then.

  1. The workload can be full on and fast paced.

At university we have a month to complete an assignment. At my internship I can be writing up to 1000 words a day. Just work hard and do the best you can to meet deadlines. If you suspect you might not get something in on time speak up early so your boss can help you address any problems you might be having. Furthermore if you are a perfectionist like me you can sometimes struggle with having to hand over work you aren’t entirely happy with. Honestly in a busy, fast paced company there is no time for unrealistic expectations. Do the work to the best of your ability, send it and move on to the next task.

  1. Getting involved really makes a difference.

I admit it; tech really isn’t my thing but I refused to not at least try and improve my understanding of it. I applied to be involved in Perth {Web} Girls which encourages women to get into tech by teaching them programming. It was a great experience and I got the chance to meet a lot of interesting people. A few weeks later at Lanchcode PR’s first birthday I came across an important figure in the local start up community. He recognized me from Perth {Web } Girls, we talked and he ended up giving me his business card. I also got the chance to go to the West Tech Fest Oz App Awards. Speakers flew in from Silicon Valley, the Lord Mayor was there and so was the US Ambassador John Berry (I got to sit next to his security guard). Attending events that important in your industry will not only teach you new skills but are also great for networking.

  1. There is a big difference between learning how to do something and actually doing it.

I walked into my internship a little bit smug. Through my time at university I had created countless campaigns and written several reports and essays. However I soon learnt there was a big difference between hypothetically creating a campaign and actually implementing it. Whilst I knew the theory behind why newsletters were important, I had never had to write one. This highlights just why work experience is so important.

So don’t put it off any longer because although internships can be overwhelming and painful (literally) at first, there is no better way to make future contacts and take your first step in the work force as a public relations practitioner.

Brooke Napijalo is a third year student at Murdoch University studying a Bachelor of Digital Marketing and Media, her degree involves several public relations units and she wishes to go into PR once completed her degree.11131931_929564440416597_629169779_n

*Photo taken at Launchcode PR’s first birthday.

Brooke is on the far left and Shahirah Gardner,  Brooke’s boss, is on the far right*