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Meet our graduates

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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 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 Genie

Full time Diploma graduate
Account Coordinator at Dot Dot Dash
Where do you work and what is your position?

I'm an account coordinator at Dot Dot Dash. They're an events styling and production agency.

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

I was very surprised at how quickly I was able to find work after graduation! I successfully interviewed for an internship a few days after delivering my Major Project Pitch, and was then offered a full time position within a month of commencing!

What do you love about events?

I love everything about events! The creative side, the behind the scenes that nobody thinks of, the last minute stress before an event when something goes wrong, to finally being able to watch the attendees enjoying themselves, and constantly doing something new and exciting!

Why do you feel you got your internship over others?

I genuinely feel that the volunteer hours which we completed throughout the duration of the course made my CV stand out. Those roles were actually a talking point during my initial interview.

What does a typical work day look like?

There is no typical day in events - some days I am in the office writing client proposals, run sheets and staff briefs, other days are spent on site, overseeing bump in, following run sheets, and working at events such as weddings, brand activations, and fashion shows.

Did the college contribute to you securing this position?

Definitely! My coordinator encouraged me to apply for the position, and I believe having the support and backing from the college during my application really solidified me as a suitable and legitimate candidate!

Do you have any advice for other event management graduates?

It may seem a little daunting to step outside your comfort zone, but once you put yourself out there and realise what you're capable of, the world's your oyster!

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!

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 Raul

Part time Diploma graduate
Sponsorship and Exhibition Account Manager at Arinex
Where do you work and what is your position?

I work at Arinex (a leading specialist in Events, Conferences, Incentives and Destination Management). My position here is as the Sponsorship and Exhibition Account Manager.

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 sponsorship execution at 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 Connaire

Full time Diploma graduate
Contractor at Vice Australia
Where do you work and what is your position?

I am currently doing contract work for Vice Australia.

How long did it take you to secure your contract work after graduating?

I secured an internship during my studies, then was approached a few months after.

Why do you feel you got the job over others?

I had worked on the event during my internship so I suppose I had insider knowledge. I'm also pretty handy when it comes to bumping in and out I guess haha.

What does a typical work day look like?

Wake up at 5:30am to go to the airport and fly to Brisbane. Begin bumping in event for Bacardi party that night. 12 hours later and some crazy running around, doors open and guests start flooding in. Then enjoy the fruits of the party! Do the same thing again in Sydney the next month, then Melbourne in December. Some small amounts of sourcing materials and organisation in between cities.

Highlight of your event career so far?

Being approached by an events company to work on my major project that I created through the college.

What led you to study event management?

I have always enjoyed throwing events for a number of reasons and having an education behind that, seemed like the right thing to do in order to find employment in the industry.

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

VERY! Seeing things work or not work first hand, is essential in realising what works well and what does not.

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

Far too many to mention.

What do you love about events?

There’s a beginning, a middle and an end. All these parts of the event management process has its own scary, fun, nerve racking, exciting elements which make it all worth it in the end, when people say they have had an amazing time, and they can't wait for next year!

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 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 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.