Do event management degrees make a difference?

Next up in our Recruitment Report, two employees from agency First Event, make their case for whether having an event management degree can help break into the industry.

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Benjamin Southall, digital marketing manager

"Personally, I’m for having an events management degree. Having studied at the UK Centre for Events Management and learning a lot whilst studying, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Gaining experience is key for starting your career in the event industry. If you’ve not had a lot of experience, gaining a degree couldn’t be more valuable. Not only do you experience managing live events, you have the ability to specialise in the areas you want to go into. I also found the other modules very valuable, such as business development and finance management. It helped me to fully understand the wide range of roles involved in creating successful events. As part of this I gained an interest in the role marketing plays in events which lead me to my career in event marketing.

"The last thing to note is the contacts you can make whilst being at university. Finding a great event agency to work for is a difficult task in itself, but having gained the contacts to help you get there is a hugely beneficial. I found First Event through my university contacts and two years down the line I’m still very grateful for that."

 

Holly Bedford, account executive

"I studied events management at university for 4 years. It was an interesting introduction to events and my second year work placement was what convinced me to work in the event industry after graduating. My time at university really set me up in terms of making contacts in the industry, networking with professionals and volunteering at events to gain valuable experience.

"However, the theoretical aspect of the degree and ‘textbook’ learning has been less useful in practice, and whilst I had a great experience at university, I believe that the best way to learn about events management is to manage events!"

 

See more Recruitment Report:

What is the future for event management degrees?

What motivates event professionals?

Recruitment report: Employer's challenges

Recruitment report: The employee's view

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