What’s your name?
Where are you studying and what’s the name of your program?
SFU Public Relations Certificate Program in Vancouver, British Columbia
Date of Joining CPRS as a student member:
I joined CPRS in October 2013.
What’s your average day like?
I am a 35-year-old single mother of a beautiful little girl. I wake up at the break of dawn, usually around 5am, to finish the tasks I was working on from the day before, make breakfast, pack our lunches and get my daughter ready for school and myself for work.
I am currently in a paid internship with a Public Relations firm and post on several of the clients’ social media accounts before lunch. For the rest of the afternoon, before I pick my daughter up from daycare, I am actively involved with the development of campaign strategies, writing press releases, website structuring and promotions.
Then comes my favourite part of the day; picking my daughter up from daycare. She is so excited to talk about her day’s events so I just listen and try to keep up. She still talks throughout dinner preparations, dinner, bath, homework and story time. I usually end up dozing off around 8pm while I am putting her to bed and wake myself up around 9pm to do some Tweeting of my own with a cup of tea – and then it's off to dreamland for me.
Are you an ‘early bird’ or ‘night owl’?
I am far more productive in the early morning while my brain is fresh.
What appeals to you most about working in PR?
I love the variety and the endless opportunities to be creative!
What’s your dream job?
I would love to have full time PR work in the future. For the moment, I am taking every opportunity that comes my way to continue learning.
What’s your favourite PR campaign?
I think WestJet’s social media campaigns are just brilliant!
Who is your PR idol?
Sir Richard Branson, in my opinion, is the best at publicity stunts. He fearlessly takes on the world and inspires me with his charisma, confidence and limitlessness.
What’s your favourite social network?
I love Twitter - my handle is @carrice_wong. I follow my followers and I enjoy seeing their familiar faces throughout the day and reading the conversations. It feels like a community to me.
Which coffee shop are you most likely to frequent?
I like independently run cafes. Lately I am frequenting Café Trafiq off Main Street in Vancouver to get my fix of their fresh in-house treats.
A fun fact about you:
I do not like electronic books. I read three books at a time because I get bored of reading just one straight through. There is usually a biography, a science fiction and something inspirational on the go. I leave one in the car, one by the bedside table and one on the living room coffee table.
Unfortunately, this addiction to books means I cannot go into Chapters anymore due to overspending. I now limit myself to the second hand bookstores, while they are still around.