My week always starts the same way – putting final touches to Monday Mail, the weekly newsletter that reaches most of KY. Once I’m done, it’s time to check my emails, KY’s social media channels and Kyweb. I get dozens of notifications from each channel every day and, additionally, quite a few emails, as I’m on every mailing list imaginable. Every now and then I also need to check the news in case there’s something concerning KY or the School of Business there to be shared on Facebook or Twitter.
The PR & Press Officer’s job might seem like secluded, but aside from the actual writing and editing, it certainly isn’t, not even in the slightest. Although independent, the job requires frequent contact with colleagues and volunteers as their input is repeatedly needed for posts and publications. Obviously the PR & Press Officer needs to have a great level of patience balanced with strictness, as in this fast-paced working environment that is KY, it’s rather the rule than exception that deadlines are not promptly met. It is, however, necessary for the PR & Press Officer to get the texts edited in good time, so that the AD has enough time to finish the layout before the publication needs to be in the press. Therefore it is essential to be conscientious and precise yourself, considering nobody’s going to chaperone your work. On top of this, it’s the PR & Press Officer’s job, alongside the board member responsible for communications, to advise colleagues and volunteers on communications matters and guidelines. While other secretaries’ jobs primarily revolve around their specific area of expertise, mine is closely interrelated with basically all of KY’s functions, as everything is in one way or the other linked to communications. It’s my job to make sure KY’s communication as a whole is in line with the aims and objectives of the organization.
The job, though, is not all about communications alone. What is more, KY’s PR & Press Officer is one of the three service secretaries alongside the Secretary for Cultural Affairs and the Secretary for Clubs and Societies. As we shifted the majority of our operations from Töölö to Otaniemi, we now have to embrace the commute between the two locations. This, of course, brings its own challenges, since we want to ensure the quality of our services at both the offices. Nonetheless, being a service secretary provides a little variety into the otherwise predominantly linguistic job of the PR & Press Officer.
To be successful in the position of the PR & Press Officer you need to have an excellent standard of verbal and written communications skills, both in Finnish and English, combined with social skills and the motivation to learn and to expand your knowledge continuously. Being the PR & Press Officer at KY is indeed an incomparable opportunity to get relevant experience in different aspects of the media. Personally, I feel I have gained proficiency and know-how especially in social media, editing and website administration. These competences will without a doubt be of great value in my future endeavours as they are all key skills in today’s ever-developing working life.
So, to sum up, if you are a sociable person, have the aptitude for writing and often find yourself dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, this post might be just the perfect fit for you! In this job, it’s not a bad thing to have a slight tendency to nitpick over grammar, either…
PR & Press Officer