The finale of the industry’s annual Eventice competition took place at International Confex’s Keynote Seminar Theatre, 2 March, with three students crowned winners. Joe Oakley, Carianne de Koning and Ellie Tuohy and were offered jobs from the participating employers, Easyfairs, Bluehat Group and Identity Group.
The students now have the chance to take their first step into the events industry when they graduate in the summer.
The Eventice, a competition for event management students in the UK, is the brainchild of Liz Sinclair, director of ESP Recruitment, who has been running the competition for seven years in partnership with Bluehat Group.
Sinclair said: “I am delighted that, after seven years, the Eventice is still going from strength to strength. In the first year we had one job on offer and 10 students and this year we had three jobs on offer and 17 students and the standard was extremely high”.
The students had an intense three days of tasks and presentations and, Sinclair added, “the level of the work produced was a lot higher than would be expected of a graduate”.
Sinclair noted that students doing event management degrees don’t always get to hear about all sectors of the events industry, and believes this competition, “broadens their horizons and shows them that there are great career opportunities in sectors such as the exhibition or exhibition services sector”.
The students took on a variety of tasks this year from creating a promotional video of the Olympic Park to promote it for the tourist and teambuilding market; a two-hour twitter takeover at International Confex to help promote the exhibitors; creating a menu for an event at The School of Work and then on to designing an exhibition stand for a client. The 17 finalists were narrowed down to a final six, who then had to do a 10-minute presentation in front of a packed seminar theatre and a panel of industry experts.
“Big thanks to @Eventice_ for the past couple of days. Brilliant experience, met some fab people, and found an exciting job opportunity” – Emily Evans