I am a recent graduate trying to break into the events industry, I want to bring my creative flair to events management and I am keen to learn.
Whilst fundraising for our Grad Show me and a small team of other students organised and carried out 5 events at a local venue , each event was a huge success raising a large amount of money for our show. We named the event SOUND Machine in the idea that each different event would showcase a different genre of music and the theme would then match up with each genre. This meant more work for us as each event was completely different in terms of venue design and music, whilst trying to keep a coherent image so that the event would be recognised. Each member of the team took on a little bit of every role so I did everything from promotion both on social media and on campus, designing promotional material, contacting dj's, photography at the event, sourcing decorations, setting up the venue, running a glitter/makeup booth, and taking money on the door. I had such a great time being involved in this event even when things got stressful trying to keep up with university assignments and get everything ready for the next event. Its what has inspired me to get into the events industry.
I worked with Seventa at 5 events around Bournemouth, twice at a pop Christmas bar, twice at Bournemouth 7's and once at a creative networking event. I was a bartender at these events but got to see the event team working tirelessly to ensure the event was a success, Seventa was made up of quite a small team and they managed to pull off really great events that were unique in Bournemouth
This is a part time job that I did whilst completing my studies at the Arts University Bournemouth, it was quite a demanding job as it involved being sent to multiple different venues and companies to fill in as hospitality staff. I had to be really versatile in this position so that I could fit into any working environment and get along with many different customer bases easily and quickly. I learnt a lot about what goes on behind doors to keep events running smoothly and all the hard work and little important details.
During the time I spent at Waitrose I aimed to get trained on every section within the store this was so that I could keep the job interesting by being able to chop and change what section I wanted to work in. The sections I was trained on were customer service supervisor, checkouts, delicatessen counter, home delivery service, and shop floor assistant.
This was a fine art photography course, a lot of our study was based around concepts within photography. We had the choice to do a 5000 word dissertation or 10000, I chose the 10000. During this I really developed my written communication skills, my research skills and developed an in depth understanding of complicated concepts and theories. These are skills that can be carried over to most industries so I am pleased that I took that route. I received a 2.1 (hons) at the end of my 3 years.