The potential to work across a range of different fields appealed to Sam Leaman, so he moved from Tasmania to Melbourne to study PR at RMIT.
In high school I studied really hard to get a great ATAR, but I thought I’d never get to use it. I moved to Melbourne from Tasmania to maximise my education options and came across a web page about studying public relations at RMIT and really liked what I saw. PR professionals need to be across a range of different areas, but the industry is so broad that those skills are useful wherever you go.
I went to the RMIT Open Day and immediately fell in love with the campus. RMIT stood out to me because it’s a professional environment, but still very laid back at the same time, and being situated in the centre of Melbourne is obviously a huge bonus.
The Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) mimics the demands of the industry as closely as possible, with assignments, learning spaces and classes operating much like the real world. I completed an internship that involved spending one day a week in the communications team at Visit Victoria, so I got to see how a communications office works in the real world and also collect a bunch of connections that I’ll be able to use in the future.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started the degree, and now I love what I’m doing. A lot of people have preconceived ideas of where they want to go in their career, which is great, but I never pictured myself working in tourism. However, after interning at Visit Victoria I discovered that I really love the field and could definitely see myself pursuing it as a career in the future. My career goals keep changing every year, but one of the great things about PR is that the industry is so broad that your skills can carry over into a range of different fields.
I love PR because no two days are ever the same, and it’s always genuinely interesting no matter what you’re working on.