Guest post: Studying public relations as a mature student
Mature student Nick Horbowyj is working seven days a week to gain work experience and pay his way through a public relations degree at Leeds Metropolitan. Its a tough gig but he reckons that it’s enabling him to realise his potential. By Nick Horbowyj
At the age of 28 I thought it was a bold step to go back into full time education. Some thought of me brave, others drastic when I had already got a steady job in sales. My challenge was not my earning ability but that I had not fulfilled my potential.
I had been unable to attend university aged-18 so instead worked my way up the hospitality ladder, followed by several years in sales.
The motivation for my return to education was public relations. I got an insight into the industry during my time working in hospitality. I was fascinated by the industry’s ability to grow a company’s profile and profits without the age old methods of advertisements and traditional marketing.
The idea of reaching an audience by understanding the public and using communication skills seemed to fit my skill set. It was an obvious choice for me to enrol at Leeds Metropolitan University to study public relations and communications.
I’m somewhat different to the rest of my fellow students. I have a house, a partner and all of the usual attributes of life outside of the student world. In order to sustain both worlds takes a great deal of work.
I attend university three days a week as well as working three days in a shop to pay the bills and I have recently taken on a day per week internship at a local agency.
A seven day week is not exactly ideal.
My partner rarely sees me, the housework is more often than not done late at night and if it wasn’t for coffee to motivate me in the morning I might still be in bed right now.
However I think that its a small price to pay to achieve what I see as a job that was made for me. This life certainly isn’t for everyone however I know that the hard work will pay off in the long run.
Not only that I can definitely say that this is the biggest test of character I have ever endured and when I succeed I hope that future employers will see that if I can achieve this, I can achieve anything.
About Nick Horbowyj Nick is a first-year student at Leeds Metropolitan University. He works at Quest PR in Harrogate and aspires to set up his own full service agency. Connect with Nick via Twitter @NickHorbowyj.