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Rachel Pritchard

Studied: BA (Hons) Public Relations & Marketing Communications
Role: PR Account Executive at Lewis PR

From raising my own profile to managing global social media accounts...

Lewis PR are one of the youngest firms to enter the Holmes Report's Global Top 40 PR Agencies. Building their success on creativity and storytelling, their innovative PR campaigns create opportunities for great communications.

"My degree at Bucks gave me more than academic knowledge. It gave me a broad range of invaluable and practical PR skills - from understanding the consumer and your target audience to knowing exactly why and how you should communicate with certain people. Day to day, I apply these skills mainly on social media for my clients, managing a lot of Twitter and Facebook accounts for successful business-to-business technology companies.

"A degree at Bucks is a great opportunity to meet a lot of people, which is vital experience for a career in PR! That said, I think the best thing about Bucks was that the lecturers are very supportive - even outside of the curriculum. If there's an extra project you want to do, they're on hand to offer help and advice.

"The lecturers often still work in the industry themselves, which means they might bring you on board with some of their own clients. I even got involved in market research, ran an event for 250 people and started my own business - all with the support of my lecturers.

"I'd really encourage you to go beyond your degree. Go beyond the curriculum. Take advantage of all the connections that your lecturers have. And make the most of your university experience. I'm proud to still be a part of it."

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