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By KirstenOctober 14th, 2016

Doing the course has really opened up my career plans

If managing and running events becomes part of your job or is part of a new job you’ve just joined, what can you do to make sure you’re at the top of your game? Unlike many other facets of our work lives, you only have one chance to get it right with an event . The pressure is on for that day or few days and it’s your job to deliver an experience to remember for all the right reasons.
Patricia joined the Event Academy to brush up her skills as she’d just taken on a job that included responsibility for corporate events management. When she searched online for training she found our courses. The option to study online alongside a job and family to look after was ideal so she booked on the course.
From a simple beginning of wanting to brush up her career skills in the current job, Patricia told us the course helped her think differently about her future career. She’s even started writing a business plan to set up her own business in corporate event management. We’re so excited to see her thinking so big about what she can do!

Now I can put all the skills I’d already developed, along with some new ones, into context

Patricia’s background is in project management. She’s always been involved in juggling multiple projects and making sure a team runs smoothly and to deadlines. Also she defines herself as a perfectionist. Sounds a lot like a perfect event manager to us! It was clear she already had a lot of the skills needed, but taking the online diploma course put her talents into a new context.
It’s crucial to understand the process of managing an event from beginning to end and Patricia says the course gave her that practical knowledge. You may think she’d start with something small to practice on, but she went straight into organising a huge global 25th anniversary event for her company. She’s also used what she learned on the course to redevelop the company’s overarching marketing plan By making herself so versatile, Patricia is now an even more valuable asset to her employer. There’s nothing like jumping in at the deep end to really see what you can do!

Tackling the challenge of the course project has really shown me what I can do

We don’t like to boast (well, maybe a little bit!) but Patricia said she found the course an amazing experience. It wasn’t possible for her to travel to London and join a live course, but she found the support she got online was fantastic. We’re so glad she got the training and support she needed from our course – that is what we’re here for!
A big takeaway for Patricia was just how much she achieved on the course project. At first, she had a real mental block about it. Designing an event to raise £100,000 is a daunting task, but an event manager never lets that put them off. With the right training and practical experience, anything is possible. Patricia found herself contacting suppliers from her homeland of Australia and really letting her creativity fly to complete the project. In the end she absolutely loved doing it, despite it feeling overwhelming at first. Well done Patricia for keeping at it!
So, does Patricia have any advice for aspiring event managers?
“Take up as many volunteer opportunities as you can, they are really good experiences  to get you understanding the whole thing.”
If you want to find out more about our courses or how you can open up your career landscape with event management training check our course pages or come to an open evening and have a chat with some of our lecturers.

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