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Victoria travels the world

Hi, I’m Victoria. I love shopping???? cooking ??? holidays ✈?⛵?

Victoria grew up in Worcestershire, did a BA in Design and Art Direction before moving to London to work as a Manager in leading retail stores for Allsaints, Topman & Topshop but it just wasn’t satisfying her…so she decided to go after her dream job.

“I was fast approaching 30 knowing that I had achieved everything I wanted to out of being a manager in retail. I’ve always been interested in the events industry and having decided that my path in retail had come to an end I realised that I needed to actively start looking for a new challenge.”

Why did you choose The Event Academy?

“I was looking for courses online and the Event Academy jumped out at me as it offered a part-time diploma that I could work around my full-time job, it was an added bonus that it was conveniently located in central London as I was living in Vauxhall at the time. I spoke to the admissions team and after a telephone interview was accepted on to the course and enrolled to start a few weeks later.

I couldn’t wait to start learning about the events industry and broadening my horizons.”

 

See the course that Victoria did.

What are your Top 3 takeaways from the course?

“The people I met were amazing, I made some lifelong friends in those 3 months.

Rosie Ham is a great tutor, without her guidance and encouragement I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s great to be able to work with her on projects as part of my current role.

Being part of the live project was fantastic, it gave a real insight into what working in the industry could be like.”

 

Victoria completed her Diploma in November 2016 and went into full time employment as an Events Assistant…

Where are you working now?

“I work for Emma Williamson Events, a boutique events agency with a wide portfolio of clients ranging from Blue Chip companies to HNWI. Excellence is at the core of everything we do.”

Describe your day to day role and what you love best about it?

“The great thing about my role is it’s very varied, no two days are ever the same. I’m so lucky that I get to touch on so many aspects of the event planning journey, from sourcing furniture and supporting with reconciling budgets one day to creating a ceiling of floating candles for a birthday party the next! I’ve also loved having the opportunity to work on projects outside the UK. In the past 18 months I have been to Helsinki, Amsterdam, Dublin and San Francisco!”

How do you use your knowledge from the course in your role?

“The course gave me an understanding of the structure needed to plan and manage events which I use every day.”

If you look back how do you think doing the course has changed your life?

“Ultimately if it wasn’t for the volunteering opportunities offered by the Event Academy I would not have had my first experience of supporting at a live event or have met Emma and her team.”

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

“‘I’d love to share some pictures from my Mad Hatter’s themed 30th birthday that I had great fun organising and bringing to life before I’d even started my career in events!”

                            

HUGE thank you to Victoria for sharing her journey with us – you can follow her Instagram (@vix_jenner) or Linked In

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Could you make the move?

If you get the right qualification and are willing to work hard, the opportunities are enormous:

  • 92% of our students find work in the Event Industry within six months
  • The Events industry is worth over £42.3 billion a year to the UK economy, and rising (Eventbrite).
  • There are key skills shortages in the Events Industry and a high demand for trained professionals (C&IT Magazine).

But will I be starting again from scratch?

Working in Events is incredibly diverse – no day is ever quite the same as the last. Whatever your current job is, it’s likely that you’ll have expertise to transfer into an Events role.

And you will have great transferable skills. If you’re currently:

  • In an organisational or administrative role
  • Managing a team
  • Working in hospitality
  • Working on budgeting or finances
  • Hot on social media

Then you will have some of the skills Events employers are looking hard to find.

Is now the right time?

Only you can know if now is the time to move towards a career that’s more “you”. However, ask yourself, what’s holding you back? Our Diploma Course is a part-time evening course, 2 days a week, for 3months, meaning:-

  • You can earn while you learn
  • Its flexible with live and online modules
  • It’s CIM accredited – the only events course that is
  • Gain experience through our exciting volunteering opportunities

 

 

 

What should i do next?

Come to our next Open Evening at the Business Design Centre Islington from 6.30 to 8.30pm. You can speak to Course Alumni and meet our Lecturers. If this date isn’t possible, we can also arrange a phone consultation, call Natalie on 020 7183 5129 to arrange.