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Wednesday 23 May 2018

This year’s annual Meet the Professionals event was the biggest yet. The event was held in The Spark, with over 30 PR, advertising and marketing professionals!

Students were able to gain an insightful understanding of the sector that they were most interested in. The event was kicked off by Jason MacKenzie, CIPR President 2017 and Head of Bottle PR, Bournemouth. Jason spoke about his experiences in the world of PR. Next, Darren Northeast, MD of Darren Northeast PR Ltd, spoke about how he started his own successful PR agency. Following Darren’s presentation Elena Badulescu, Junior PR Account Executive at Darren Northeast PR Ltd, spoke about her experience as an intern. Rufus Leonard, at Lars Bjornbakk and a Solent Alumni, BA (Hons) Advertising spoke about his experience getting a job after university.  Finally, Philip Dewhurst FCIP spoke about the differences between working in house and in agency. 

Following a short intermission the students networked with the professionals on a variety of different subjects. This included tips on how to get a placement, how to be successful in this industry and much more!

Students said:

“This event has really helped me narrow down the sector of PR I want to work in”

Felicity Brooker (second year) BA (Hons) Public Relations and Communication Degree

 “It was amazing to meet everyone and get a start in my career”

Nicole Silva (second year) BA (Hons) Public Relations and Communication Degree

“I was grateful that the University organised this event. It allowed me to network and learn from PR professionals. I also enjoyed the talks about the PR industry and the difference between working in house and in agency. This is particularly relevant for me, as I am looking to work in a PR agency”

Jade Artuad (third year) BA (Hons) Public Relations and Communication Degree

One of the biggest worries that an undergraduate has is “Will I find a job after my degree?” This event helps prepare students for life after university. It enables them to communicate on a professional level. Furthermore, it provides students with the information they need to assist them with their future in the industry.