Public Relations grad (2012) Courtney Charette was named among PR In Canada’s Top 30 Under 30.
Just three years ago, she graduated from Niagara College’s Public Relations program; now, she’s been honoured as among Canada’s top young professionals in the field.
Courtney Charette, who graduated from the College’s PR Graduate Certificate program in 2012, was recently named one of PR In Canada’s Top 30 under 30 in Public Relations. The award, announced on June 19, was in recognition for her work at Enterprise Canada in St. Catharines where she is employed as as public relations coordinator.
“I am extremely honoured,” said Charette, 24. “There are so many accomplished young professionals working in the public relations industry that it is amazing to be recognized for my hard work and dedication to my clients.”
The Port Colborne resident enrolled in NC’s PR program after completing her BA from the University of Guelph.
“I wanted to take a post-graduate program that would put me on the fast-track to starting my career in a growing industry,” she said. “I was drawn to Niagara College for the smaller class sizes and intensive social media classes.”
Charette was also drawn to the internship component of the program, which enables students to gain hands-on real-world experience in addition to academic learning. She completed a one-month internship at a not-for-profit where she put her communications skills to work and received guidance and support from industry professionals.
As a student, Charette not only gained experience but opened her eyes to the numerous career prospects in the industry.
“While I was enrolled in the program I realized that there are endless job opportunities for communications and public relations professionals,” she said. “Whether you are working at a not-for-profit, private company or PR firm, there will always be a demand for individuals who understand the media market and who can communicate intelligently with both internal and external stakeholders.”
Charette said that she feels her experience at Niagara College has contributed to her early career success.
“There is no doubt in my mind that if I did not attend Niagara College I would not be where I am today,” she said. “The teachers at Niagara College were a big part of my success. They took a genuine interest in me and encouraged me to challenge myself and to step out of my comfort zone.
“It is through the relationships I made at Niagara College, as well as the skills learned in class, that have shaped me into a more confident young professional.”
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