Under the shelter of ExCeL’s Bridge restaurant, with a hot coffee in hand and a delectable breakfast spread, members of the EN30/30 discuss key stories in the last issue of EN.
In the second instalment of our new Breakfast Club series, EN30/30 members Charlotte James (Media 10), Hannah Redfern (Centaur) and Sam Williams (LiveBuzz) talk build up and breakdown pressures, standing out from the crowd and industry work experience.
‘Put yourself out there’
CJ: When you apply for a job online you never really know where your CV goes, so I thought I’d try something different when I was hunting for jobs – I made my CV into a presentation and included images alongside my achievements. I’m really into music and posted links to my music and my Pinterest – that’s where Media 10 saw that it wasn’t just a generic word doc CV.
HR: I think it’s just about being different to stand out. Everyone wants to invest in people who is that little bit different, who go that extra mile. If someone sent me something like a video CV getting their personality across rather than on paper, that would instantly grab my attention.
SW: I think that’s the way things are going. You can be really creative. I saw something on LinkedIn recently where a developer had turned his CV into an old-school style Mario game, as you jumped up and hit a box, his qualifications would pop up, along with his experience and portfolio etc.
HR: We always find the build up runs really smoothly and there tends not to be too may issues but breakdown always seems to be a car crash and, in a way, a free-for-all. I don’t know if the same rules are being applied or if people are adhering to the same rules because when it’s all over, everyone just wants to get out and go home. For 2017, we’ve actually got an overnight pull-out, something we haven’t done before and that’s because the venue has got someone coming in the next day and we need to ship out quicker than usual, which is incurring us extra costs.
CJ: As an organiser, we find it quite hard sometimes. In a previous year, there were two Ideal Home Show at Christmas events one after the other, so one’s breakdown evening overlapped the other’s build up. That put pressure on the contractors – yes, there might be a lot of swearing and frustration when there are time limits but together we always manage to complete the projects and pull it off. In events, you don’t have a choice. You pull it off because you have to.
HR: Everyone has their own agenda, and I do feel it’s very much with the venues, as opposed to the organisers. Whereas a few years ago, particularly when Earls Court was right next door, it was venues fighting for the shows, now it’s the other way round and we’re fighting to get our dates for the shows – it’s been a total turn in who’s in the driving seat.
‘Shouting about the industry’
SW: Those looking to study event management courses could potentially look at courses that have placement years, because when I was applying for jobs after university and they were looking for experience, I already had a year’s placement and was ahead of my peers who didn’t have that experience from their course.
HR: I think we should be shouting about the industry before the stage of applying for universities. At school we used to have career days where people would come in and talk about their industry, but I don’t ever remember anyone from events coming to talk about that as an industry. Maybe it’s at that point we should be talking to young talent and getting them interested and showing them career paths and work experience.