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Student Stories

Meet our graduates

Our students are our greatest asset

We pride ourselves on the high quality of our graduates and we will assist you in reaching the height of your potential during your time with us. Our class sizes are small which means you benefit from ongoing, direct access to you teachers and a personalised approach to your training which helps you to stay focused on your study at the highest possible standard.

Meet Alanna

Full time Diploma graduate
Project Assistant at Frank Wild
Where do you work and what is your position?

I have been working for Frank Wild as a project assistant.

How long did it take you to secure your job in events after graduating?

While studying I did a brief internship with Tommy Collins which I really enjoyed. After pitching my Major Project, Zowie from Frank Wild offered me an internship with their company which I couldn't say no too. What an opportunity!

Why do you feel you got the job over others?

I think I showed a genuine enthusiasm for the job, followed up like a crazy girl, and was willing to put in the extra work!

What do you love about events?

I really love the lead up, the excitement, and the result! Nothing feels better than seeing the vision come to life and being a part of making it so special for everyone involved.

Highlight of your event career so far?

Project Assisting for the Ballarat Fashion Series. I have never been to a fashion show and to work on one was so exciting! Plus the team was amazing and the contacts I made were priceless!

Did the college contribute to you securing this position?

Yes, 110%. Frank works a lot with the college recruiting volunteers and doing workshops with the student. Without the college we would have never crossed paths.

While studying, how valuable was the Industry Engagement Program and why?

If it wasn’t for the IEP program I wouldn’t have this amazing job, so it was extremely valuable! It allows you to experience the industry first hand, enabling you to network and create those contacts before you even finish the course.

What other valuable lessons did you take away from your course?

1. Excel is AMAZING, (I couldn't live without it).
2. The pressure we were put under at the College really prepared us for what it is like in the Events Industry.
3. Always be professional (no short shorts).

Meet Jordan

Part time Diploma graduate
Event Assistant at The Candy Buffet Company
Where do you work and what is your position?

Events Assistant at The Candy Buffet Company.

Did the college contribute to you securing this position?

OF COURSE! Without my Diploma and knowledge from the college I would not be where I am today!

What led you to study event management?

I planned my year 11 debutante ball and a few charity functions and really enjoyed the hands on aspects and thought why not try event management as a career!

While studying, how valuable was the Industry Engagement Program?

Very! It gives you hands on experience in all aspects of the events industry and really gives you a sense of what area you want to pursue as a career! The more hours the better - and it's so much fun!

Highlight of your event career so far?

Graduating from College of Event Management with 2 awards for my Major Project!

What other valuable lessons did you take away from your course?

To always have faith in my abilities and never give up! Everyone is so encouraging!

Do you have any advice for other event management graduates?

Be patient, it's a hard industry. When you go for interviews, it's as much an interview for them as it is for you. Always try to keep up with what's on trend and you never know when an opportunity to show your talents will come along. Always be honest and ask for help.

What does a future in events look like for you?

Hopefully one day put on my major project concept ‘Senior Springs’ and own my own business in events!

Meet Claudia

Part time Diploma graduate
Sales Team Adminitrative Assistant at Merivale Group
Where do you work and what is your position?

I am Sales Team Administrative Assistant at the Merivale head office.

How long did it take you to secure a job in events after graduating?

Only 3 weeks! Billie, my course coordinator, was a massive help with this :)

Why do you feel you got the job over others?

Three things:
1. The College's strong relationship with Merivale was a big factor - I pitched my major project to Kathy Savill who is the Director of Sales and Events across the Merivale group so she had already met me before I went for the sales admin role.
2. One of my lecturers put me forward for the role as she had worked in Merivale head office for years.
3. My persistent, keen attitude and my strong admin background.

How satisfied are you with your current role?

Excited beyond belief.

Highlight of your event career so far?

Running my own sold out Halloween warehouse party for over 250 people.

Did the college contribute to you securing this position? If so, how?

Oh definitely! I wouldn't have even known the job existed if it hadn't been for my lecturer. She put me forward for the role and the rest is history.

What other valuable lessons did you take away from your course?

The course really did cover everything. Resume tips I learnt definitely helped me to get interviews. As it turned out I was offered two roles - the one I'm in now and another with Mixitup, a brand entertainment agency. At the end of the day I felt that Merivale was a better fit for me but to even have the luxury of a choice was amazing.

Do you have any advice for other event management graduates?

Network, network, network! Talk to everyone, get to know people and keep in contact. You never know when you might run into them again.

What does a future in events look like for you?

I hope to move into the events team eventually and never stop learning.

Meet Keane

Full time Diploma graduate
Marketing Coordinator and Personal Assistant at Beautiful Weddings Australia
Where do you work and what is your position?

Marketing Coordinator and Personal Assistant at Beautiful Weddings Australia.

Why do you feel you got the job over others?

I feel I got the position as I showed a great amount of dedication through the casual work I was doing for the company. I believe my experience in both operational and administrative tasks set me apart from others.

What does a typical work day look like?

A typical day at Beautiful Weddings Australia starts early with a conference call to interstate or overseas advertisers or marketing platforms such as Google and Hootsuite to discuss marketing campaigns. I will then respond to emails, manage the companies social media accounts, schedule Instagram and Facebook posts. I'm also responsible for updating the company’s website and managing sales for their online store. At about midday I will be on location setting up events and packing down events from the previous day. Sometimes I will have to meet brides on location and assure them everything is going to plan. I then return to the office and set up the meeting room for the Stylists to meet with clients to discuss their event. The day ends with a debrief and we discuss the tasks for the following day.

Highlight of your event career so far?

My main highlight so far is styling for high-end venues in the Gold Coast such Palazzo Versace and Sheraton Grand Mirage. Also sharing a green room with Johnny Ruffo while working on the Australian Tourism Awards was pretty exciting!

Did the college contribute to you securing this position?

The course covered many areas necessary to securing such a diverse position. Without the skills I learnt throughout the course I would not have been able to secure this position with a national company.

While studying, how valuable was the Industry Engagement Program?

The Industry Engagement Program was a highly valuable element of the course, as it allowed me to apply the skills I learnt into a practical application. The Industry Engagement Program confirmed to me why I love events and why I want to make it my career!

What other valuable lessons did you take away from your course?

I learnt how to manage my own schedule as well as how to manage and communicate with suppliers, which is a highly useful tool in my current position. Suppliers can make or break the success of your event!

Meet Raoul

Diploma graduate
Senior Event Consultant at PWC

I aspired to work in an events role that enhanced and combined the creative and analytic skills I had developed, as well as providing the opportunity for personal and professional growth throughout my career. I set my sights on certain companies that were leaders in events, conferences, incentives and destination management.

The college was very helpful securing the position as they’re so well connected. Studying at College of Event Management was the best decision I ever made."

What has been your career trajectory since graduating?

After graduation I secured an event role at Arinex (a leading specialist in Events, Conferences, Incentives and Destination Management). I have recently moved to a more senior event role as a Senior Event Consultant at PwC.

What does a typical work day look like?

One day I’m at my desk, the next I could be at a client meeting or sales pitch, and the following I could be flying interstate to facilitate an event.

Highlight of your event career so far?

Outside of my day job, I’m also an Event Manager for the Pinnacle Foundation, a not for profit that provides scholarships to underprivileged LGBTI students. This is rewarding on a much more personal level.

Do you have any advice for other event management graduates?

Do it. Best decision I ever made.

What do you love about events?

Events require a blend of analytical and creative skills. I love that I get to be a creative geek all day.

Meet Jemma

Full time Diploma graduate
Venue Sourcing Assistant and Personal Assistant at The Venue Concierge
Where do you work and what is your position?

The Venue Concierge as a Personal Assistant and Venue Sourcing Assistant.

How long did it take you to secure a job in events after graduating?

Just a few days.

What does a typical work day look like?

First I get greeted by the office puppy dog, which is a huge work perk. I then coordinate with Samantha my boss on the main tasks and goals to be achieved for the day. I then spend my time coordinating with clients and venues to ensure that the clients have received quick turn around and a friendly service.

Highlight of your event career so far?

Volunteering and working at several music festivals, cultural events and helping to secure venues for large corporate clients.

Did the college contribute to you securing this position?

College of Event Management helped secure my current work place as my boss knew the staff through networking and became a large advocate for the college.

While studying, how valuable was the Industry Engagement Program?

I LOVED the industry engagement program. I was placed with a fantastic business that was in charge of a large majority of Sydney's markets. I am still in contact with my boss today!

What other valuable lessons did you take away from your course?

I learnt how to manage my time a lot better. I learnt how to network within the industry and I learnt that I need to believe in myself and my intelligence a lot more.

What does a future in events look like for you?

Promising. I hope to continue to learn and grow within the industry and explore all the possibilities it has to offer.

Meet Candice

Part time Diploma graduate
Office Manager & Event Coordinator at Ricoh Australia
Where do you work and what is your position?

Ricoh Australia – Office Manager and Event Coordinator.

How long did it take you to secure a job in events after graduating?

I’ve already been working at Ricoh for the last 3 years. I secured more of an events type role within Ricoh around 8 months ago, with 3 months remaining in my course.

Why do you feel you got the job over others?

My position at Ricoh has been tailored to my own strengths due to my interest in event management. I believe my willingness and drive to prove that I can manage a duplex role of operations and event management helped secure my current position. Ricoh’s marketing team are located in Head Office in Sydney and I honestly believe there is some benefit in having some eyes on the ground in Melbourne to organise locally run events.

What do you love about events?

I strive to create events that inspire and stimulate others feelings and emotions. I absolutely love seeing people having fun at my events or hearing the successful feedback after an event. It creates that feeling of accomplishment within my heart that makes me want to be even more successful at my next event.

Postscript:

Candice now runs her own event agency in Melbourne, Candice Ashley Event Management. Go Candice!

Meet Ruby

Diploma graduate
Conference Administration Assistant at Waldronsmith Management

I deal with a variety of stakeholders to assist in event and administrative support within one of Australia's leading multinational top-tier law firms.

What was Ruby doing before studying event management?

She had completed a degree and was working in law firm admin before joining College of Event Management to complete her Diploma.

Why event management?

She was after a career that was "motivating and initiative-based" and decided that event management would tick those boxes. She had had some experience in events and loved it but didn't seriously consider it a career option till a little later.

What attributes did Ruby have that suit event management?

While studying Ruby showed great enthusiasm, a healthy work ethic, the ability to work well within a team, good communication and great organisational skills.

What kind of events did Ruby work on during the course?

So many. Here's a few:
Business Chicks Lunch with Nicole Kidman
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
59th TV Week Logie Awards
One Fine Day - Event Crew
Good Food and Wine Show
Winter Solstice Festival - Event Crew
Listen Out Festival

Meet Grace

Full time Diploma graduate
Wedding Coordinator at Dockside Group
Where do you work and what is your position?

Wedding Coordinator at Dockside Group.

How long did it take you to secure a job in events after graduating?

The lecturers and course coordinators were all very helpful when it came to finding a job. Two months after graduating I secured a position with the Royal Agricultural Society. I was notified about an opening at the company from a lecturer at the college.

Highlight of your event career so far?

It doesn't really get any better than receiving the opportunity to be a part of organising The Sydney Royal Easter Show!

While studying, how valuable was the Industry Engagement Program and why?

It definitely helped in preparing me for how the industry really is and gave me the opportunity to understand the industry better from a different perspective.

What other valuable lessons did you take away from your course?

The course taught me how to broaden my perspective as well as see and plan an event from a different point of view. Being unique and thinking outside of the box really works in this industry.

Do you have any advice for other event management graduates?

Don't doubt yourself, it gets you nowhere! Take on the advice of others around you, everyone sees and experiences different things which will only help you learn and grow within the event industry.

What do you love about events?

I love the feeling of satisfaction you get after the event is completed. The amount that you learn from each event and how it shows you that hard work and determination can pay off and provide others with such joy and happiness.

Meet Heidi

Full time Diploma graduate
Association Relations Assistant at MCI Group
Where do you work and what is your position?

Association Relations Assistant at MCI Group.

How long did it take you to secure a job in events after graduating?

About 3 weeks after graduation.

Did the college contribute to you securing this position?

Definitely, the college not only best prepared me for a job within the events industry but they gave me the confidence to apply for jobs.

Highlight of your event career so far?

Working as part of the ITS World Congress that was held in Melbourne.

Why do you feel you got the job over others?

I feel the experience from the IEP program from volunteering and interning definitely helped me stand out and show my passion for events.

While studying, how valuable was the Industry Engagement Program?

The industry engagement program was one of the most valuable parts of the course. It allows you the opportunity to gain industry experience and see all the different sides to an event.

What does a future in events look like for you?

The future is exciting... there are so many opportunities and you can end up anywhere!

Meet Lauren

Full time Diploma graduate
Project Coordinator at Essential Solutions
Where do you work and what is your position?

Project Coordinator at Essential Solutions, a project management business and lifestyle concierge.

How long did it take you to secure a job in events after graduating?

I landed the job 3/4 of the way through college which made life a lot easier!

What does a typical work day look like?

No day is ever the same! The lifestyle concierge might have me booking dinner reservations for our personal members, hosting client events, organising holidays, or researching new and exciting events to add to the calendar. The project management side to the business might have me creating proposals, budgets, invoicing, run sheets, organising incentive trips, attending site inspections and onsite management of some of our corporate client events. A typical work day is very busy!

Why do you feel you got the job over others?

The director of the company who was running the event I volunteered at mentioned I was a standout because I kept busy and was willing to help throughout the entire event. In my interview I showed confidence – even though I was nervous – that I was very keen to learn and I have good customer service skills.

Highlight of your event career so far?

Getting the opportunity to travel to Queenstown, New Zealand in June for a conference with a week of sightseeing and activities.

While studying, how valuable was the Industry Engagement Program and why?

If it wasn’t for the IEP program I wouldn’t have this amazing job, so it was extremely valuable! It allows you to experience the industry first hand, enabling you to network and create those contacts before you even finish the course.

What other valuable lessons did you take away from your course?

You never know who is watching you, so always be on your A game. Whether it’s in your guest lecturer classes or out at industry events, there is always someone who is looking for talent. Putting yourself out there and networking is key.

What do you love about events?

I’m the type of person that can become bored very easily, so being in an industry that is constantly changing is great because it keeps me on my toes!

Lauren has moved on from Essential Solutions and is now an event coordinator with Mumbrella https://mumbrella.com.au/

Meet Coleen

Diploma graduate
Senior Events Coordinator at Mercy Health

I was not challenged in my Executive Assistant role, I decided to study to gain confidence, network and build on my previous events experience...and go after my dream job.

The Industry Engagement Program at college is extremely valuable. Not only does it give you the experience to work in different types of events, it also opens the door for industry connections."

Coleen's career trajectory since graduating...

As far as a full-time role is concerned, Coleen was picky about her first dedicated event role. She didn’t want to reduce her income too drastically and wanted just the right fit in terms of work conditions. Not being drastically unhappy in her current role, she was prepared to wait and it took over 12 months till the right role appeared; Senior event coordinator with Mercy Health.

What's the best thing about your current role?

I now have the pleasure of organising Mercy Health's amazing events such as their Annual Service Recognition Dinner. It's my favourite event so far! Seeing this event come to life from entertainment to theming concepts is so rewarding.

Tell about the internship you completed while studying (and working!)

I participated in a three month internship with Trumpet Events working on one of their large annual fundraising events. A typical work day involved liaising with hair and makeup artists, designers and the modelling company as well as event administration including designer briefing documents, model look sheets and volunteer spreadsheets. The college has a wide industry network. They initially introduced me to Trumpet Events and I did the rest from there!