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Guest blog by Lauren Bennett at drp

16 Jun

I’ve recently been talking to a few of the nice people at drp agency, a communications agency and production house with offices all over the UK. They’ve worked with a number of fantastic high profile clients on all sorts of wonderful projects.

They’ve recently brought on an Event Coordinator, Lauren Bennett, who made a brave career leap from working as a Nursery Nurse into the world of events. I absolutely loved this blog post that Lauren wrote so thought I would share it with my readers (especially those considering a career change!), for a little motivation and support.

 

 “Do you follow career paths, or carve your own?


Career paths are there to let you know where you are, remind you of where you have been, and give you a target of where you need to go next. With most sectors and industries, there is a step-by-step-process of progression. However, what if the typical career path isn’t for you? What happens when you want to change your profession completely?

Prior to working at drp I had had no previous employment or experience in events. With two young children, working as a nursery nurse for eight years fitted in with family life at the time. It was always a dream of mine to work in events, however, with my lack of industry experience I doubted that I would even be considered.


So…How can you carve a brand new career path?


Get Some Work Experience


This is essential, and highly advantageous. You must have a strong knowledge base and experience in your chosen profession. If you don’t, find ways to get as much experience as you can. Apply for work experience placements, internships, or apprenticeships for example. If companies don’t appear to have any of those, suggest working for them without a wage, and this will further emphasise how much you want to be there.


Show a Willingness to Learn

You can only get out what you put in. If you are fortunate enough to secure work experience, make sure that you get the most of out of it. Be inquisitive, ask questions, and offer to take on more tasks, participate, and keep your ears open. Nobody will expect you to know everything, but it is important to show that you are willing to learn.

Be Determined…

It’s not going to be easy, so you have to remain determined and persistent to succeed. Even if the company aren’t hiring at the time, there will come a time when they are, and your aim is to be the first person that they think of. Always see the bigger picture. You may be working for free, but you’re working… And you’re gaining the experience you need to be employed in a similar role.


Finally…


Don’t give up. If at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again, and then try a few more times! Working as a Nursery Nurse couldn’t have been further away from being an Event Coordinator. I needed the experience, and drp were not hiring anyone, or offering work experience roles at the time. After persevering, and contacting drp on multiple occasions I was offered the opportunity to work for two months as an unpaid intern and I grabbed it! Seize your opportunities, and squeeze them for all they’re worth.”

Well done Lauren! The events industry is glad to have you. Good luck for the future!!

If you’re looking to burst your way into the events industry and want some help, tips, advice or just someone to talk to then please do feel free to get in touch with me!

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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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