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The Honest Truth About Thriving as a Young PR Professional

Season 2, Ep. 5

In the final episode of The Honest Truth... series, special guests Jessica Hope, CEO, Wimbart, and Kenon Mann, Deputy Director of Marketing, University of Nottingham, join host Eduvie Martin to debunk the myths young people may have about working in PR and comms, and to share tips and coping strategies for succeeding in the industry.

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