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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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Events Industry Professionals Interview Season on I Love Events…..

30 Jun

I’m very lucky to know that I, 100%, love what I do for a living.

I am fully aware that others don’t have that luxury, and a lot of people end up studying something that they change their mind about, or they want to get into an industry is notoriously difficult to break into (a prime example being the Events industry). Most graduates or newbies have to start from the bottom, slowly work their way up, and also wade their way through thousands of competitors.

The first step into any industry is always the hardest; not only do you have to work for so long for no or little wages, but I do think that it’s hard to know exactly what area of an industry you want to work in straight away. To dedicate yourself (for free or next to nothing) for such a long period of time, one would think you’d be 100% certain that what you’re doing is the first step to a long term goal, but alas that’s often not the case.

So, over the next few weeks, in ode to all students that have finished (or are about to finish) their year of study, I will be interviewing a variety of different people that work in the events industry from all levels. My aim is to show the variety of types of roles there are, and to show what type of qualifications or experience they have had to get to their position.

I also want to offer my help and advice to any people graduating now and looking to start in the Events industry. Please get in touch by leaving a comment with any questions, and keep an eye on the interviews section on I Love Events for further information!

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