Leeds Met PR students appeared in numbers in the Behind the Spin end of season #socialstudent league table published on 28 March. Richard Bailey discusses the results.
I’ve filtered the list to show the top 20 Leeds Met students (all but the final four appeared in the national ranking).
What do I learn from this? Though the winner is a first year student (congratulations Matt Silver), there were only three first years in the list. The rest of the top twenty was evenly spread between final year students (5), placement year students (5) and second year students (7). (Postgraduate students were eligible – but none emerged high on the ranking. The table is a voluntary effort, not part of a course or module.)
Is this an indicator or talent? I think it is (and I know everyone listed). I also think it’s an indicator of commitment as there are some dedicated bloggers on the list as well as some talented networkers.
Will employers take note? They already are, though a high score is not enough to get you hired (it’s more likely to bring you to someone’s attention and ensure you get interviewed.)
That said, discretion and confidentiality are two important qualities of PR practitioners – and I also know some talented students who choose to keep a low profile online.