Graduate profile – Lauren Lister
Major project pitch week is always an exciting, crazy, scary, full-on, amazing week here at CoEM. But when one of our students goes into that room, presents his/her major project to the industry panel and positively blows them away to the point where he/she is virtually offered a job on the spot, that’s a particularly good day for us all. Yep, it happens that way sometimes and certainly did in the case of Lauren Lister, ex full-time student and self-confessed Crossfit junkie.
Since graduating, Lauren has worked as the Functions Coordinator at Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Here’s what she has to say about events in general, a typical work day in the event industry and what it takes to be a
good great event manager…
CoEM: What do you love about events?
Lauren: An event is an experience for all attendees. Some events become a memorable moment which one will treasure for a lifetime. The idea of being able to contribute to the execution of those memorable positive lifetime experiences seems pretty cool to me.
What was one of the most valuable lessons you took away from the course?
The ability to present my ideas and passions confidently in front of a panel of event industry leaders.
What does a typical work day look like?
A typical work day begins with a walk through the beautiful Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. I then arrive at my desk and open my emails to see 30 new emails in my inbox from overnight. While getting on top of the new event enquiries I also am project managing dozens of other upcoming events happening within the Gardens. I constantly refer to a checklist to ensure all procedures are up to date with each event. I look after any enquiry from indoor function bookings, sport field bookings, team building bookings, filming and photography permit requests, marquee bookings to activations and media launches. I am able to conduct pre and post site inspections for one of the most beautiful locations in Sydney. The majority of events we coordinate are weddings, engagements, Christmas parties and brand launches. My favourite type of event to work on are activations as they are always a little out of the ordinary and challenge the usual regulations and require you to think outside the box.
What attributes do you think make a great event manager?
To work as a great event manager you need to be able to work under pressure and remain logical and calm. You need to understand all aspects of events and need to keep learning as situations arise so it’s best to engage any opportunity you recieve that might contribute to your knowledge of events.
Highlight of your event career so far?
Securing a well known global network deal which then contributed to a large amount of revenue for my department. I also got to work on New Years Eve as a site manager and LOVED it.
Do you have any advice for other event management graduates?
NETWORK! And volunteer as much as you can, some of the jobs may not be so glamorous but it all helps to get your name out there.
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