Delighted to be interviewed as a featured event leader by the Event Leadership Institute. You can read the interview here!
I am a corporate event manger. Lucky for me I have always worked in corporate events. I worked my way up by landing a role as an event co-coordinator before being promoted to events executive. I then worked very hard to get a promotion to events manager to now working in a senior events adviser role. I have put in the years, the early starts and in the beginning, shed a few tears (mostly at failed av). I have gone from putting badges together all day to managing 300 person international conferences.. on my own. I love my job and I honestly think corporate events roles are the best. I may though be biased and as I don’t really have any experience in any other types of events andI don’t really know how I can comment. But I am! #lol
Being a corporate event manager means every single day is different. One day you might be organising a breakfast seminar, the next a drinks reception at a swanky bar all whilst working on the firm Christmas party at the end of the year and a conference in Dubai a month after that. It is long hours, it is stressful days BUT it is fun and I wouldn’t do anything else!
Getting a role in corporate is hard. From people I speak to in the industry, it is one of the most sought after gigs so, here are a few tips for getting into corporate:
- Offer to do unpaid work experience. If you can’t afford to do it free, or already have a job so you can’t find the time, then do it out of hours, take a weeks leave, anything, just get some experience and the opportunity to wow someone.
- Go for a role in a organisation that will allow you to move around. I started as a PA many years ago in a law firm. I studied an events diploma in my spare time and when the role came up, I went for it!
- Network, network, network. Networking is key. Go to events where you will meet other people that are doing the job you want. Ask questions, ask how they got in and get yourself known. If I meet someone I know is looking for a role and I hear of one, I always let them know.
If you need any advice at all please drop me a line. Like I said, I think being a corporate event manger is the best and I am more than happy to share the love.
I need one today. It’s 5.00 am and whilst I am looking forward to seeing a new venue and catching up with my favourite #eventprofs over breakfast this morning…. it is still very early and I need a bit of motivation so….
“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been by far; for a might-have-been has never been, but a has-been was once an are.”
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
More quotes here
As my last week of work for the year comes to a close I thought appropriate for a bit of reflection. My personal life this year has been the best of my life, I got married to the best man in the world, I’ve been on so many holidays I can’t count and got the news that my little sister is also going to be married next year which is amazing!
Work wise, I have done some amazing events and some not so amazing (boring) ones. I have been fortunate to travel for work to places people only dream of and I only cried once at work all year and even then I think it was more pms than the actual pressure. I believe in ambition, I am not one for being settled and I am constantly thinking what I can do to make myself better and move higher. I want to learn more, experience more, be challenged more, cry more! I take too much Vitamin B to sit still and as this event year draws to a close, I can’t wait for next year to see what happens but from now until 31 December, my end of year resolution is going to be to do everything within my power to make sure next year is the best work year yet.
I read a great article in The World of Psychology that talks about the appeal of a clean slate, the opportunity to start again that makes resolutions initially so appealing yet according to the piece most of the goals people set on 1 January are out the window by April. According to the article:
“The fact that people keep making resolutions even when they don’t always follow through ultimately means that they have hope and a certain level of belief in their ability to change and be more of who they really want to be”
What’s your New Year Resolution? Do you make them?