“I really liked the fast pace and challenge. Avenues has an amazing reputation. Once they saw that I was skilled at Microsoft Office and some design they treated me like one of the gang. They put me on some high profile events and I got to use my creative skills to help with brochures and other material. The best part was going to the events. These were high end functions and sometimes finished late into the evening. It’s a great place if you like to be challenged. Working with a all-female staff was cool as well.”
- Julia Stewart, Winter 2018
IGS has a long history of placing students with event planners. if you enjoy a fast-paced environment and chance to meet a wide range of people this is the placement for you. Event planners coordinate every aspect of meetings, conventions and ceremonies. Working with the staff you will help to select event sites, plan the technical aspects, arrange catering, manage risk and establish back up plans.
IGS interns have had a nice mix of office work as well as getting into the field to attend the actual events. Often they take on the same responsibilities as paid staff. Some have likened event planning to directing a stage performance. To be sure, there is no lack of drama in getting so many moving parts to function together.
The networking that goes on at these events and in the setup process can easily lead to paid positions and contacts that will pay dividends long into the future. Hours can be irregular and can be a mixture of marathon office sessions interspersed with days in the field. The ability to multi-task is key to being a successful event planner. You will need to be able to handle a lot of information coming at you from multiple angles.
A new trend in event planning is that of team building. Our Sydney event planner explains: “It’s no secret that recent team building activities successes have ridden on the boom of reality TV shows. Like I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here. CBS Survivor, CBS Amazing Races, Master Chef Cooking, My Kitchen Rules MKR. Also Minute to Win It, Dancing with The Stars and Flash Mobs. Are all world wide viewing phenomena.”
More and more companies are hiring event planners to facilitate team building activities for their employees. Instead of just socializing, these events intend on creating a cohesiveness that may be missing among staff members. Our Sydney event planner is well-versed in the techniques used to help a group of individuals become an effective team.