Herfordshire student Lucy Esmond reflects on work experience with organising Europe Week event.
So the University of Hertfordshire’s Europe Week has come
and gone and made a massive impact on the university in the process. From flash
mobs to fashion shows Europe Week 2012 was full of excitement, education and
The biggest event of the week, organised by my team, was the
Masked Ball at the Forum. This was an event attended by both students and
lecturers and enjoyed by all. The organisation process was tough and
communication from the staff at the Forum was limited but we managed to make
the night a success nonetheless. Our team worked together really well to pull
everything together and the rest of the course helped us out massively on the
Friday after we had received some last minute information which prevented us
from setting up for the Ball in stages. It was really nice to see fellow course
members coming to our aid when we needed it, making us realise that people can
be relied upon to help out when you’re in somewhat of a pickle.
There were many problems and issues faced by all teams
during Europe Week but due to the vast knowledge we have accumulated throughout
our degree we were able to have contingency plans in place for each event,
enabling all problems to be resolved quickly and efficiently.
The learning process through Europe Week was non-stop and
this process is ongoing. There are no amount of lectures and tutorials that can
prepare you for the craziness of real life hands on event experience, but each
lecture and tutorial has provided knowledge and information as to how to cope
with real life events and how to organise events suitable for a client brief. I
believe Europe Week would not have been as successful without this knowledge
being imparted on us students.
Europe Week 2012 definitely met the client’s objectives in
that it raised awareness of Europe Week and Study Abroad, and also included
students and both campuses of the university. It was the most successful Europe
Week thus far and hopefully next year’s students will take heed and make it
bigger and more successful next year and the years to come after that.
The week as a whole was tiring but definitely not tiresome.
The experience as a whole has developed my knowledge and understanding of the
world of events and made me feel like I do possess the skills required to break
into the events industry upon graduation. The biggest impact Europe Week has
had on me is the feeling of success and realising how rewarding it is when you
see an event through from the original planning stages right through to the
live event. It was a truly exceptional week.
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