Danielle Fields G'14

October 9, 2017

“I wouldn’t be in my current role without the support of the professors and staff. The projects I worked on at Newhouse gave my future employers insight into my professional work style and strategic thinking, making it easier to hire me.”

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Danielle Fields, G’14, graduated with a master’s in advertising. She is currently an account executive at BBDO New York.

How did you obtain your current position, and what positions did you hold before it?

I was already connected to the HR representative at BBDO. I met her at one of the Syracuse Career Fairs, actually! When I knew it was time for a shift in my career, I was able to reach out to her to set up an interview. Prior to BBDO, I worked at GREY where I started my career as an assistant account executive and then moved up to an account executive during my time there.

What are your job responsibilities?

It’s hard to explain what I do on a daily basis when every day is different. But, in short, I make sure all departments inside and outside the agency are getting what they need to produce the best work possible. I also work with the clients to make sure they are achieving their business goals and addressing problems with creative solutions.

How do you feel Newhouse prepared you for your current job? What hard/soft skills did you learn at Newhouse?

I wouldn’t be in my current role without the education the school provided and the support of the professors and staff. The projects I worked on at Newhouse gave my future employers insight into my professional work style and strategic thinking, making it easier to hire me. Regarding soft skills, I think working with so many different personalities allowed me to be resilient to change and open to new ideas. This is definitely something that has helped me the most at my agency where so many people have different ways of working.   

Did Newhouse open your eyes to new professions you may have not considered when applying?

Of course. I knew I wanted to study advertising, but I did not know the many routes you can take depending on your abilities and skills. It took me at least a semester to explore the different disciplines before settling on the account management path.

Why did you select Newhouse for graduate studies?

It was a pretty easy decision for me once I came to the school to visit. I valued my one-on-ones with professors and liked how almost all of them had professional experience. That, combined with the program only being a year, made the school both fiscally and academically appealing and, consequently, my top choice.

What was unique about your graduate program?

The majority of classes assigned projects that mimicked what we would see at an agency, which ultimately helped us when we entered the field. Several of the projects were given directly by New York City advertising agencies, which provided another opportunity to network.

Describe your most valuable/significant experience at Newhouse.

I thought our capstone project was the most valuable experience we received. It allowed us to take everything we learned over the course of the year and boil it down to a fast-paced, six-week presentation.

How did the Newhouse Career Center Development center aid you? What internships or volunteer opportunities did you do while at Newhouse?

The Career Development Center provided many resources that allowed us to get in touch with past alums for advice and support. Their Career Fairs also brought in top-tier advertising agencies so we could gain valuable connections and put our foot in the door. While at Newhouse, I was an instructional associate (IA) for the fall and spring semesters. I supported the professors in an introductory advertising class and a senior/graduate Global Advertising Ethics course.

What advice do you have for current or incoming students? Any classes or professors that you recommend?

I could write a novel of advice, but if I could sum it up in one sentence, I would say “embrace adversity.” You’ll meet so many people from so many different walks of life at Newhouse and, eventually, during your career. Learning to communicate and work with everyone will allow you to become nimble and welcoming.

I couldn’t choose just one professor to recommend. They’re all great and all experts in varying subject matters. Find one you click with—they’ll end up being your biggest advocate in your career.

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