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Event placements with Mark Riches, MD First Protocol

Last updated January 8th, 2015

Are you or someone you know looking for a new career challenge in 2015? Are you a marketing manager or business owner thinking about stepping up your 2015 plans? Do you have the confidence needed to take 2015 by storm for your career or your business?
Earlier on last year we caught up with Mark Riches, Managing Director of one of our partners, First Protocol, to talk about what he looks for when hiring in event management and how the placements in event management offer considerable benefits both to his business and to the students.
Have a look at this video to see how this works. What employers want and expect from their new hires, particularly from the younger workforce, has been a subject of much debate over the last 5 years or so. It has been easy for employers and recruitment specialists to malign the new generation seeking jobs as having a poor work ethic and being unwilling to take the initiative at work.
What is more likely to be at issue is an unfocused ambition as a result of non-vocational and non-experiential training. How can anyone hit the ground running within conference planning (for example) without having first experienced the realities of corporate life?
Long haul education options like university study are great for intellectual development but, of themselves, are not always good at preparing students for the world of work.
What Mark Riches makes clear in his interview is that employers want to work with trainees or internships who are confident and clear on the value they bring to the workplace.
He is also interested in prospective employees who know what they want from an employment opportunity, either short term placements or longer term permanent roles. To bring this to the workplace, an employee needs to have had practical, experience-led training in the industry they want to work in. For Mark’s business, that means experience in live event and conference planning which is exactly what he finds in Event Academy students.
As he says in the video, what started as a placement for one of Justine Kane’s (Ashdown Course Director) students 6 years ago resulted in a permanent role and an employee still happily in post: a success story if ever we heard one!
The extra confidence our graduates have during placement and in their first jobs is extremely attractive to employers. This shows in successful placements and testimonials.
If you are looking for training that includes a work placement and industry networking that give a competitive edge to your trainees, please check our courses pages for more information.

Or if you are interested in the value an events management placement will add to your marketing and events strategy please visit our site to find out more about us and get in touch with any questions.

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