Discovering a passion for PR

When Susannah joined the HSPR Grad School program she was unsure of her future career.  Already well into the Public Service recruitment process and all set for a job offer in Canberra – Susannah came along to ‘road test’ PR.  Happily, for the PR industry, she liked what she experienced and has become a rising star within the Herd Agency.

“The HSPR course gave me a real taste of the industry and insight into how one of Australia’s largest independent PR agencies operates on a day to day basis. Ultimately the course brought together the knowledge I had accumulated at university and let me apply it to real life scenarios and clients.

The topics we covered were varied and ranged from compiling media lists, to learning how to run an effective brainstorm. The best part was that they were all run by seasoned professionals who could draw upon a wealth of experience and insight.

In my penultimate year of university, I was offered roles across several industries and looking back, HSPR heavily influenced by decision to take a graduate position at N2N Communications. Now I work across some of Australia’s most recognised brands, including Facebook, Airbnb, TABCORP, Schneider Electric and Vocus Communications.”

Walking straight into her dream job in PR

After completing Grad School mid-year, Gabby was offered an internship at Hausmann Communications providing her with an opportunity to practice what she learnt on the course and gain valuable work experience while she completed uni.  Gabby really impressed everyone!  She was offered a full time position as a Junior Consultant and is currently working on campaigns for a range of global brands.  Gabby has an incredibly bright future and we just love having her in the ‘haus’!

“Whether it’s about confidence in interviewing for a new job, the ability to excel in your current role or even transition into a different industry, having real-life experience is what sets people apart in the professional world. The HSPR Grad School course is a unique opportunity to attain that experience, and without it, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.

HSPR Grad School helped me to develop new skills and upgrade existing ones, and helped me achieve my ultimate goal – to secure a great job in a leading consultancy.

During the course, I was truly able to put theory into practice, from learning about strategy and campaign development, to completing tasks in media release writing and pitching techniques. The hands-on nature of HSPR gave me invaluable on-the-job skills in strategic thinking, idea generation, media relations, brand journalism, social media, and project management. As a result, and in conjunction with personal career counselling, I left HSPR feeling knowledgeable, capable, and experienced, all ensuring I was ‘workplace ready’. 

One of the most valuable things I gained from the course was industry connections. Throughout the course, we were given the opportunity to network with like-minded students and individuals wanting to progress, current industry experts, and experienced PR practitioners. It is these relationships that I will take with me into my future career,” said Gabby.