Welcome to 2013 and Transferable Skills

12 Jan

1 month since my last post… oh dear. But, my whole idea for my blog was that it would never become a hindrance to me. I would only write when I had the time, and when I was inspired. I don’t want to become a blogger that writes a post for the sake of keeping it updated every day, losing the value of content. Also, it’s been Christmas, New Years and my birthday, so I’ve been very busy. That along with working a lot over the whole season has not left me with much time!

But now we are securely in 2013, I’m very excited about what is set to be an incredible year. I’m already working on some awe inducing projects with Proud Robinson, and have been putting together initial ideas for a secret project that will display itself later in the year (eek!). Am also preparing for my seminar on Brand Partnerships in Events for Live Experience Expo in March. Nerve racking but very exciting!

With my feet firmly back on the creative turf of 2013 (which will be Brighton this year) I’m back behind the pen, I mean keyboard……

So, first subject of the year.  Transferable skills.

I read an article on EventMagazine.co.uk about the various professions people have worked in before moving into the events industry (if they don’t go straight into it after university). A lot move into events after working creative/arts roles, but they also said that a high level of people that have worked in Armed Forces move into events. This made me think about the number of transferable skills you gain from working in the armed forces. Attention to detail, immediate problem solving and use of initiative, team leadership/management, meticulous organisation skills, keeping cool under pressure, delegation, time management, and making sure you manage every tiny element of project to contribute to one larger purpose.

Strategy as well is a large element of what we do (in experiential and brand events anyway) – considering the bigger picture of an event, what its objectives are and during the build up and live activity ensuring that you never lose sight of this.

At Proud Robinson we’re hiring an intern at the moment, and a lot of our applications have been from folk who haven’t worked or studied events at all previously, but I’ve been reviewing CV’s considering who has transferable skills alongside the passion to work in an area they’ve not worked in before.

The events industry is tough to get into for a graduate, even more so when you have studied a subject totally different to what you’ve worked out is what you want to do. I think the key is to thoroughly asses your skills and existing experience, then communicate how these are relevant to the job in hand – whilst also showing as much enthusiasm and drive for the role in question.

I think there are transferable skills between many roles/industries. If you have any thoughts on this, or you’re a graduate finding it hard to get a role and want some advice I’d be happy to offer some.

So, welcome to 2013 readers! May your events be well managed and innovative, and your FiloFaxes be full of exciting meetings and projects!

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