Working in Event Management can be tough but the rewards are varied. Working at festivals, running sporting events and travelling are just a few of the perks this industry has to offer.
CV Surgeon speaks with Area Manager Helen Vits about how she got into the industry and asks for her CV tips.
Tell Us About Your Career Background?
I went to University to do Psychology because I like people and finding out why people do what they do. I also found that it was a really open degree and led to a lot of different work opportunities. When I left University I started out as a Network Control Operative and then as a Recruitment Consultant. I have also worked as a Practice Manager in a clinic in Harley Street but I have always loved events and worked on them in my spare time.
Why Did You Choose Events?
I really enjoy the nature of events – it is such a different atmosphere. It is hard work but there are loads of pay offs including working at fun events like festivals. I think it’s a great career for anyone who enjoys communication and dealing with people.
How Did You Get Into The Industry?
I worked hard to get my foot in the door. If you start with a company and they like you they will usually re-employ you and that is what happened to me. I worked at Wimbledon and was spotted by an events company. I then went to Australia to work on a ski resort and shortly after was flown out to Vancouver to help run the Olympic games. From there the job has escalated and it has taken me around the world.
What is Your Favourite Part of the Job?
The changing nature of it, every day is different. I enjoy just going in and not knowing what is going to happen. It’s a fast paced environment which I love and it’s also rewarding to see your hard work pay off. Working as an Area Manager is a lot of responsibility but it is really great to look back on an event and know you have done a good job.
What is a Typical Day in the Job Like?
If it is on an event, and not pre or post event, you will get up and coordinate the staff. You then have to engage with the night or day Venue Manager to coordinate what still needs to be done. You have objectives for each area too so you need to know what they are and how you are going to attack them with the staff. Then you organise the staff and ensure they are doing what they need to be. You also sometimes have to deal with things that happen – you need to be in ten places at once sometimes.
What Career Advice Can You Share?
I personally would say to gain experience and get out there in the field, even if it means starting out as a volunteer or a cleaner. Show you are hardworking and get your foot in the door. Work long hours and make sure everyone knows what your end goal is and you will progress.
What Three Ingredients Make a Good Event Manager?
Organisation, time keeping and passion.
What CV Advice Would You Give?
Keep it down to two pages – events are long and hard work and employers don’t want an essay to read over. Get straight to the point and focus on your core strengths. You should show personal determination too and that you can work independently and as part of a team.
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