I am currently a doing a graduate program (part time) while working full time in a job closely tied to the university I'm studying at. While I find my degree fascinating, I don't feel like it's moving me anywhere closer to a new job or a better career.
Due to budget pressure, there is a chance that I'll either have to take a substantial pay-cut or my job won't exist in the next 6 - 12 months, so I am hoping to move on pretty quickly.
I've decided to go back to school for PR. I have a bachelor's degree in English and have done some marketing and communications work in the past (as well as at my current job), but getting a job in marketing, communications, or PR in this town seems almost impossible without having an education in one of those areas. The program I'll be taking is a 10-month accelerated program for those with previous post-secondary experience, followed by a 2-month practicum (which, for many of the students, results in a full-time job).
However, because the program only takes a small number of students each year, I might not be able to get in until the fall of 2013 instead of this September.
Knowing that I'll be starting school full-time in either September of 2012 or September of 2013, what can I do in the meantime in order to help boost my career prospects once I finish the program? This question
was somewhat helpful, but isn't quite the same as what I'm asking.
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