Publicis Groupe Hosts Mixer and Panel Discussion Amidst HU Career Fair

By De'Janae Evins

As the School of Communications annual career day approached, the third largest communications group worldwide by revenue offered students a unique networking opportunity.

The meeting took place at Eatonville in the U Street Corridor, Wednesday, Oct. 16, the day preceding the job fair. The reception included a panel discussion with Howard alumni, working with Publicis Groupe, at which small hors d’oeuvres and an open bar was provided to guests.

Panelist included Howard alumni Kandace Barker, Destinee Swindell, Maiah Martin, Tommy Atkins and Treesia Herbert, all of who graduated within the last three years. At this exclusive event, alumni discussed internships, work after college and the transition from the Howard culture to the ways of business and the skill set students need to have to be successful.

“I thought when I first graduated, I was going to hit the ground running,” Kandace Barker 2010 alumna said, “ambitious is the Howard way.” But instead, she and other panelist shared how they used what they learned, emphasizing work styles and maintaining individuality but also in adjusting to social and environmental settings.

 “When you come out of Howard, you’re no longer the big fish in a small pond, it’s okay to be the small fish. Be open to learning and receiving information,” Kandace Barker, said.

Tommy Atkins, who graduated in May, touched on how he landing three job offers by graduation. Atkins utilized his resources, emphasized asking questions and shared his experience sacrificing his spring break senior year to take meetings with companies in New York paid off.

  “Develop partnerships with those interested in the same things and network with people in your social circle,” Akins said. “This business is very competitive and your character is what makes you stand out,” he said.

Senior advertising major, Safia Hurst, 21, was a facilitator for the event and described it as an opportunity for students to get to know the younger professionals as they transition from Howard but also to engage in conversation those higher up positions without all the commotion that goes along with attending a job fair.

“This is the third year we’ve been able to work together and bring in a big recruiting team as an executive leadership panel,” Hurst said.

            Worldwide, Leader in Digital and Interactive Communication, Publicis Groupe was founded in Paris in 1926 by Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, known as the “father of French advertising”. The Groupe offers the full range of services: digital, traditional advertising, public affairs, corporate communications and events, media buying and strategy and healthcare communications.

The article was originally published in the Howard University's student newspaper, The Hilltop.