Building a career in the events industry

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Lecture given on 14/10/2013 to London Metropolitan University students on the Introduction to Events Management module.

More information about planning a career in the events industry: http://eventjuice.co.uk/building-a-career-in-the-event-industry/

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Building a career in the events industry

  1. 1. What I wish I knew when I was at university… Building a career in the event industry Michael Chidzey | Head of Digital Marketing & PR |
  2. 2. Plan of action #1 – what I wish I knew when I was at London Met
  3. 3. Plan of action #2 – videos from other event profs
  4. 4. Plan of action #3 – finish with questions
  5. 5. 5000 participants enjoying themselves makes Rachael happy… iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/rachael-bee/?length=short
  6. 6. #1 – understand what motivates you
  7. 7. Why do you want to work in the events industry?
  8. 8. #2 – people around you now (small world)
  9. 9. Chillisauce directors met at Leeds University
  10. 10. The internship
  11. 11. Event experience management module
  12. 12. Organises the non-classical gigs and events at the Sage Gateshead, where no two days are ever the same… iCould: http://icould.com/videos/gail-davies/?length=short
  13. 13. #3 – most event profs don’t organise events
  14. 14. Office layout
  15. 15. #4 – get ahead by doing your homework for after university
  16. 16. Who are you competing against?
  17. 17. …other students
  18. 18. …second or third careers
  19. 19. …industry movers
  20. 20. …with work experience
  21. 21. What is your thing?
  22. 22. 5000 participants enjoying themselves makes Rachael happy… iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/jennifer-wong/
  23. 23. #5 – where in the events industry do you fit?
  24. 24. Types of event organisations iCould: http://eventjuice.co.uk/building-a-career-in-the-event-industry/
  25. 25. Helps families during the most upsetting and troubling times of their lives iCould: http://icould.com/videos/brian-litster/?length=short
  26. 26. #6 – start building your network
  27. 27. Attend networking events
  28. 28. Networking tips Don’t spend the entire event following the your hero around
  29. 29. Networking tips Be generous: think about how can I help this person
  30. 30. Networking tips Think quality, not quantity
  31. 31. Networking tips Dare to introduce yourself
  32. 32. Networking tips Ask for introductions
  33. 33. Networking tips Do what you say you will
  34. 34. Networking tips Connect online after the event
  35. 35. Networking tips Keep in touch, e.g. Google Alerts
  36. 36. Networking tips If somebody helps you out, acknowledge their time
  37. 37. The greatest part of the day is standing at the front looking at a full house of people… iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/ian-sime/?length=short
  38. 38. #7 – build your online presence
  39. 39. Build authentic social profiles
  40. 40. Discover and share
  41. 41. Build relationships Followerwonk: http://followerwonk.com/
  42. 42. Participate in communities Boardreader: http://boardreader.com/
  43. 43. Q&As – be the expert
  44. 44. Create a blog Wordpress: http://wordpress.com/ Further reading: http://www.problogger.net/
  45. 45. Guest blog Further reading: http://www.problogger.net/
  46. 46. Gets up and actually wants to go to work… iCould: http://icould.com/videos/joseph-davis/?length=short
  47. 47. #8 – work hard
  48. 48. It isn’t easy
  49. 49. #9 – working in a team means making everybody successful
  50. 50. He used to be really shy, but dealing with the public has changed that… … iCould: http://icould.com/job-types/active-leisure-and-learning/kevin-johnson/?length=short
  51. 51. #10 – never miss an opportunity to be awesome
  52. 52. Any questions tweet @michaelchidzey
  53. 53. Thanks! Michael Chidzey | Head of Digital Marketing & PR |

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