PR graduate recruitment: Why can’t I get a job? Try volunteering with Leukaemia Research

What should you do if you are one of those graduates, reported by PR Week who can’t get a job?

Clearly you shouldn’t try to sue your college unless you want the global infamy of Trina Thompson.  But good career opportunities don’t come to those who sit around sulking – they result from taking initiative and demonstrating the same skills in finding that opening that you will bring to an employer.

Whilst appreciating that many graduates have bills to pay, a volunteer role can be a great addition to your CV – giving you new saleable skills as well valuable contacts.

Serena Snoad (a former graduate of the CIPR Advanced Certificate with us in Cambridge a couple of years ago) has been in touch with an interesting opportunity for a volunteer intern in the London based Leukaemia Research Press Office.

The UK’s leading blood cancer charity is looking for an Intern to volunteer in their Press Office.

You will be assisting the team with their sports and celebrity events and helping to raise awareness for the Charity. The team will provide media support for varied events these include the PR for the launch of Sir Ian Botham’s 2010 Walk, London Bikeathon, Triathlons, Forget-Me-Not Walks and special celebrity events.

For this role you will need to be enthusiastic, a good communicator, extremely well organised and calm under pressure.

Hours are 10am-4pm, four days a week for three months. Travel expenses will be paid.

Contact Serena via the LRF website for more details.

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

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