Exeter students gained work experience at Delhi 2010, Commonwealth Games

Events management success leads to great jobs

With the London 2012 Olympics fast approaching, one of the biggest events on the planet, Exeter graduates have been securing great jobs in the events industry.

Both the events management modules and the annual industry networking event ‘Backstage’ are led by teaching fellow Paul Barton and offered by the Business School to any undergraduate and postgraduate student across Streatham and St Luke’s campuses.

Paul said “The popularity of both the undergraduate and the masters events modules have been increasing year on year with the numbers of students on each about 180 and 50, respectively. And, by taking the modules and attending the Backstage event which enables students to meet senior figures in the industry, many students’ appetites have been whetted to seriously consider events management as a great career option.”

Amongst almost a dozen students that have secured jobs in the last 12 months is MSc International Management graduate Sophie Miller.  She recently accepted a position in Logistics with GL Events who are working with London 2012. Sophie commented “I’m over the moon with my new job and really grateful to everyone at the Business School, particularly Paul Barton, for their help and support.”

Joining Sophie in the world of work are Lee Benney and Rob Doolan who have both been successful in securing roles within Gallowglass, another specialist events company working with London 2012. Lee and Rob are soon to be HR assistant manager and assistant crewing co-ordinator, respectively.

Finally, Andy Blundell, a student from 2010 is enjoying a successful career with DB SCHENKERsportsevents in its broadcast logistics operations department. Andy is already using his contacts to try and link up current students with temporary and permanent job opportunities in the industry.

Some of these students were amongst those that attended the first Backstage events and they are now coming back as guests themselves to encourage and help others into the industry. Paul Barton adds “The fact that graduates from these modules are finding jobs with companies who have supported the Backstage event from the beginning, is great news for the future of the subject of events management at Exeter; and to have those who have got jobs through contacts made at the event coming back is even better. We are beginning to make a real name for ourselves in this area.”

Date: 5 August 2011

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