Hello, I’m Helen, a new recruit to the BlueSky team and a career changer.
After graduating with a degree in English Literature, I spent the last fifteen years as a Teacher of English, working my way up until I became a Head of Department.
The fields of English teaching and Public Relations may seem fairly disparate to many but they share a lot of common ground.
One important skill that you develop as a teacher is the ability to take what can often be complex specialised material and find a way to make that interesting and accessible to a - not necessarily captive - audience. You need to be able to speak and write in a way that is engaging and has impact, otherwise you will lose your audience faster than you can say, ‘Time to pack up!’
You need to be able to plan. Meticulously. And then re-plan when a fire drill or nose bleed or overrunning PE lesson throws your entire initial idea up in the air at the last second.
You have to be organised, both long term and short term. A teacher might organise everything from a school play to the staffing, resources and assessment strategy for a two year A-level course.
Teachers, like public relations professionals, also need a knowledge of rapidly changing landscapes and an ability to react and adapt to them. If your knowledge isn’t up to date or there are gaps, it soon shows.
I couldn’t be happier to be starting at BlueSky alongside a team of truly knowledgeable and passionate colleagues, who have all of the skills I have just written about and many more besides. I’m looking forward applying my own existing skills and experience to this exciting new challenge.
Author: Helen Edmundson