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What is it like to study Events Management?

Our Events Management student, Alex, talks to us about his experience on the course and his placement year in Florida.

What is it like to study Events Management

Why did you choose to study Events Management at the UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM)?

After much deliberation over which University would be the best for events, UKCEM seemed to have the best reputation for Events Management. Speaking with tutors prior to starting confirmed that Leeds Beckett was the perfect place for me to carry out my degree. Leeds is a fantastic city with a great vibe for young people. Neighbouring places such as Headingley are perfect for students and I have loved living so close to campus where there are great facilities and a range of activities to get involved with.

What is Leeds like as a place to study Events Management?

Leeds is probably my favourite city in the UK, because there is so much to do on a weekly basis both in and around Leeds.  The city provides a great backdrop for jobs in events, there’s regularly an upcoming city event with work experience on offer in many distinctive event areas. There’s so much to do and the city caters for everyone, with an incredible social scene you can explore sports, culture, the Yorkshire Dales and nightlife. Leeds is really well connected, so everything is within a short bus ride, making it perfect for exploring new places.  Societies are always available to join and are a great way to meet new people, make friends and try something new.

What are the lectures like?

The lectures are fun, engaging and they give you a great understanding in to the world of the events. No two lectures are the same, giving a different perspective on most modules. Guest lectures offer industry insight and information which is a key factor when deciding your future in the industry.

How was the placement process and experience overall?

The Placement team were fantastic in finding a job that was specific to my needs. They also provided me with some really beneficial advice on the routes I was looking to take and shared with me past student experiences and personal opinions – which I really valued. In addition to the placement team, our tutors drafted in opportunities to speak with employers who were looking for students to work for them, both during university and after graduation.

My Placement was in West Palm Beach, Florida, an hour from Miami. I was taken on as a Golf Intern which allowed me to see all areas of the event industry whilst working in the sun. I met amazing people in America and I intend to go back to visit. Working a placement really turns you into an event professional. Many offer jobs after placement to interns who have studied, for me they said they would want me back in a heartbeat – that’s given me great confidence. The pay, living conditions, social opportunities, working hours and cultural opportunities all added to an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend doing a placement!

How have your tutors prepared you for life after university?

Tutors are fantastic, and they support diverse and innovative ways of thinking. They’re great at recommending career paths and they have been active in matching my interests with their industry contacts. Tutors offer detailed feedback on our ideas and work hard to help us explore them. I feel as though I know the events industry inside and out and now have the confidence to establish myself as an Event Manager upon graduation. 

What can you do with an Events Management degree?

For jobs around Leeds; doing Event Management shows you are a multi-skilled individual, the events industry in Leeds is rich and varied, making for a big pool of potential jobs and career paths. The varied course experiences and opportunities on this Events Management degree means that you can access all areas of the events industry. I feel the course has equipped me to do pretty much anything, in particular the following industry jobs;

  • Sport events
  • Creative event design
  • Sponsorship
  • Marketing
  • Brand promotion
  • Assistant event manager roles
  • Conference/Corporate events
  • Fashion
  • Tournament work
  • Music; promotion, stewarding, marketing etc.

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