Taking Your Career into 2019


The flip of the calendar into a new year usually inspires some reflection on where we’re at in our own lives. How did the past year go for me? Did I achieve my goals? How did I grow? Am I satisfied with my career?

If your job or skills are something you would like to change or elevate in 2019, CPRS offers some valuable tools to kick-start the process.

From professional development events (discounts are available to members, students and groups) that include workshops, interactive panel discussions and conferences to free webinars for members, there is a wealth of information at your fingertips. If mentoring is something you’re interested in, both as a mentor or mentee, CPRS facilitates a program to pair practitioners with fellow experienced public relations professionals for a formal four-month mentorship. Registration opens in November and the program begins the following January.

The CPRS Job Board is a fantastic resource dedicated to connecting employers with the Lower Mainland’s communications and public relations talent and, as member- benefit only, is worth the cost of membership alone. Many positions are only posted to the CPRS Job Board and not posted publicly. You can even search Canada-wide if location isn’t an issue.

Finally, networking may just land you that new job of your dreams. The CPRS LinkedIn page is great place to connect with others in your field. In addition to professional development events, CPRS also holds regular gatherings, called cPRsips, where members and non-members meet over Happy Hour at a local watering hole to chat about timely and relevant topics. These informal meetings are also listed on the CPRS Events page so keep an eye out for the next one.

Whatever your goals are for 2019, I wish you much success. Happy New Year!


About the Author

Vicki Brydon is the Director of Public Relations for Peace Arch Hospital Foundation in White Rock. She is a graduate of the Journalism program at Langara College and has spent nearly 20 years in PR, marketing and communications. When she’s not writing or planning elaborate fundraising galas, she’s criss-crossing the globe in search of adventure and the perfect croissant.