The annual Solent PR Meet the Professionals Event has been and gone for yet another year! On Monday 9th February, all our PR students joined together in the Meon Suite to network with PR professionals who specialise in areas ranging from Aviation PR to Communications at Southampton City Council. This year, Meet the Professionals was organised by Solent PR 3rd year student, Charla Heeney, and the Solent PR course leaders and lecturers.
As with previous years, the event was laid out in a ‘speed dating’ style with groups of students going from table to table to speak with the professionals about their advice on getting into their dream industry, how to go about getting work placements as well as answering questions on how they came about working where they are now! It was lovely to see Solent PR Alumni on the professionals side of the tables – Martyna Stepien from Southampton City Council who graduated in 2010 and Lucie Chilton from Defero Communications who graduated just last year.
Here’s what a couple of our 2nd year students thought;
“It was so good to meet with real life practitioners; they gave me an idea of what work is like in the real PR world.”
“The event made me feel more confident about finding work after graduation. In the summer, I’m doing work experience at PR agency Carswell Gould and a member of their team, Laura Downton, attended the event so now I feel like I know a bit more about what to expect there!”
A huge thank you goes to the professionals who attended #solentMTP2015; networking gives our PR students a great headstart to what we’ll be doing for the rest of our PR careers! A further thanks is extended to Charla and the rest of the Solent PR cohort who helped organise everything and CIPR Wessex – a great evening all round!