Here at CoEM we’re ever more keen to forge meaningful and professional connections between our students and the best people and companies in the events industry.
In an industry that still works on a ‘who you know’ system, connections of this sort are essential. Basically, to be employable in this industry, students need loads of practical ‘on the job’ experience. They gain this experience via volunteer, internship and employment opportunities. On the other side, our industry needs well trained and exceptionally keen event management students and graduates to help run events and learn the right way of doing things. When the two come together, it’s a WIN/WIN!
So who are some of these industry connections? We’ve already featured Reed Exhibitions, The Merivale Group and Frank Wild agency but it’s time we dropped a few more big names into the mix. These industry players are some of the biggest and best in the business and have fortuitously for us become college partners and major employers of CoEM graduates. And if you’ve never heard of them, it’s time for an introduction…
Fairfax Events have grown to be one of the biggest event organisations in Australia, particularly in the areas of sporting events and food and wine events.
“With a portfolio of sporting events that includes the City Run Series as well as iconic events like the Australian Running Festival, SMH Half Marathon, Cole Classic and Sun Run; Fairfax Events is a leader in mass participation outdoor running and swimming events. These events collectively attract more than 250,000 participants.”
We have an ongoing relationship with Fairfax which allows us to place students in volunteering and internship roles. For example, Christina, a past graduate worked in an internship with Fairfax Events. Not only was she working on pre-event preparations for the SMH Half Marathon, which she found “totally inspiring”, she also got to work on-site during event time. The feedback from Fairfax was excellent and Christina was offered a full time role upon graduation. Another WIN/WIN!
IMG is a huge global company specialising in event management, marketing, operations and sponsorship and have in recent times purchased culinary events such as the Taste Festivals in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and Margaret River Gourmet Escape in Western Australia.
Many CoEM students have volunteered and interned on the Taste Festivals since our connection with IMG was made. They have found that their ‘behind-the-scene’ experience at such large run food and wine festivals is incredibly beneficial in terms of practical application of their event course work.
As time goes one, food and wine festivals are becoming more and more popular on event calendars all over Australia and consequently becoming bigger employers of event staff. Having these types of experiences on a graduate’s CV helps considerably with their level of employability.
“Volunteering at Taste was a highlight. Being a part of the event day is a great way to learn on your feet and experience first hand the different difficulties and tasks that have to be overcome to run an event smoothly.” – Caitlin, Diploma Graduate
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Earlier this year we posted this…’Exciting newsflash!! CoEM students and alumni are going to be working in the ops control room at this year’s Mardi Gras parade!” Many CoEM students have volunteered on this festival over the years, but 2017 saw the CoEM/Mardi Gras connection go to a whole new level when our students were invited into the sacred festival control room. You can’t get more ‘hands-on’ and ‘behind-the-scenes’ than that!
Sure, it wasn’t as glamorous as what was going on outside, no sign of glitter or sequins, but it was an absolute privilege to have CoEM students with their fingers on the pulse (literally) of one of Australia’s most iconic and famous annual events.
For those students whose dream it is to work on music events, the news of a new college connection with T1000 was music to their ears.
The connection with T1000 is strong. Head of Production and Senior Event Manager of T1000 Damian Negus has been a guest lecturer and member of our industry panel at CoEM for many years. When Electric Gardens started up in Australia a few years back there was no hesitation as to where T1000 would find interns and volunteers for the festival. It’s been a match made in electronic music heaven ever since.
“I was offered a job during my Major Project Pitch and started the position (with T1000) within 6 weeks of graduating. The highlight of the job was working on Electric Gardens, a new Australian boutique Music Festival produced by T1000. The event day was the most stressed I have ever been in my life but the most rewarding and exciting work day I have ever had. What also made the day so amazing was the opportunity to work with such an incredible and professional team straight out of college.” – Hannah, Diploma Graduate