A diary from an Events Management student

Starting any new job can be a scary and
intimidating process, yet it is something that all of us must go
through. The need to overcome concerns and achieve is essential – it is
just the fear of the unknown.  That’s exactly how I felt starting my
first ever full time job on an HBAA student placement with Lime Venue
Portfolio; however this was all very quick to change.

Deciding to
take a year out of university was a fairly quick decision for me. With
the job market being described as a disaster for university graduates, I
quickly realised that the more industry experience I could obtain, the
more realistic a chance I had of getting a job after graduating. When
the opportunity arose for a placement at Lime Venue Portfolio and I’d
accepted the placement, my life became a whirlwind. A massive change
from blasé student life to a full time job of early mornings, rush hour
traffic, juggling deadlines and all the valuable lessons that come with
it.

I am currently studying Events Management at Plymouth
University and loving it, however I have never been able to say quite
which area of the events industry fascinated me the most and this is why I
chose to join the HBAA placement scheme. Many of the industry’s best
known companies are involved in the initiative and provide students the
opportunity to work in range different roles, such as front of house
event managers or in sales functions at head office. The position at
Lime Venue Portfolio appealed, as it offered me the opportunity to
experience a broad range of roles in events including sales, in their
central reservations team; and marketing, working with the head of
marketing, and at a number of their unique and unusual venues. I have
even had operations experience with LVP’s event caterers Payne + Gunter.

Every
week is different at LVP with new learning experiences, from helping
Dartmouth House in Mayfair for their wedding showcase, proactive selling
at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre in Reading to handling enquires
at our head office in Uxbridge.

Completing my own personal diary
at the end of each week has been a great way to observe how much
improvement I have been making, together with the experience I have
gained. It has also taught me to set myself future goals; this is
another reason why work experience is so significant. It is as much
about learning my strengths and what I enjoy doing, along with learning
where my weaknesses lie so that I may improve and move forward as my
time with Lime Venue Portfolio progresses.

Any comments? Email jdavis@mashmedia.net

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