Public Relations Executive

Job Description:

Public relations executives plan and conduct publicity strategies to shape and improve an organisation's reputation.

Job Category:
Marketing & Advertising

What you will do:

You’ll work in a company’s in-house public relations (PR) department, or at an agency that looks after PR for a number of clients.

You could work in the private or public sectors or for a charity.

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • planning PR campaigns and strategies based on research
  • monitoring and reacting to the public and media’s opinion of your client or employer
  • writing and editing press releases, speeches, newsletters, leaflets, brochures and websites
  • creating content on social media and responding quickly to user comments
  • arranging and attending events like press launches, news conferences, exhibitions and open days
  • developing good working relationships with the media to promote your clients
  • arranging photoshoots and production of promotional videos
  • public speaking at presentations, conferences or radio and TV interviews

You may also be involved with your local community to make sure that the company you work for is represented positively. This could include sponsoring corporate events or fundraising for local charities.


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Public Relations Executive, you don’t have specific subject requirements, but there are subjects that can be valuable in developing the skills and knowledge needed for this profession. Consider taking the following subjects to build a strong foundation:

  1. English Language: Effective written and verbal communication is at the core of public relations. Good command of the English language is crucial.
  2. Media Studies or Journalism: These subjects can help you understand the media landscape and develop strong communication and writing skills.
  3. Business Studies: Understanding business concepts and marketing principles can be beneficial for working in public relations, as you’ll often be promoting products or services.
  4. Creative Arts or Graphic Design: These subjects can help you develop your creativity and visual communication skills, which are useful in the creation of promotional materials.
  5. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in computer applications, social media, and digital tools is increasingly important in the field of public relations.
  6. Foreign Languages: Learning a second language can be advantageous, especially if you’re interested in international public relations or working with diverse clients.

Post School

You’ll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND) or degree. This can be in any subject.

In the UK, The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) lists relevant qualifications, including postgraduate degrees.

Experience gained from an internship or relevant voluntary work will help.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You could move into PR if you’ve experience in areas like journalism, advertising, marketing or fundraising.

Another option is to start as an administrator, publicity assistant or information officer and work your way up.

Working Hours and Environment:

You’ll usually work 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Hours can be irregular and may involve early starts, late finishes and working at the weekend if you have a deadline.

You could also be reacting to a crisis in the country or in a different time zone.

You’ll normally work in an office. You may also travel to attend events and conferences, and to meet clients.

Career Path & Progression:

With in-house PR experience, you could be promoted to PR manager or director, social media manager or head of communications.

With agency experience, you could progress to senior account executive or manager.

You could go freelance or move into advertising, marketing or journalism.