BA (Hons) Event Management (2008-2011)
Venue Operations Coordinator, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The skills that I developed on BA Event Management have really helped prepare me for my job as Venue Operations Coordinator for London 2012. On a daily basis I need to be able to work with lots of different groups of people and prioritise work on multiple assignments.
My team looks after three different venues – Hampton Court Palace, Box Hill and Brands Hatch – all involved in Road Cycling. I support the team in many ways. Some of my specific projects include scheduling and rostering workforce, arranging key management and updating web pages. I am also helping to run a Media Day at our Paralympic venue, inviting the media to come along to test movements and photography positions throughout the venue as well as to promote the sport.
I also look after Richmond and Bushy Parks which are managed areas that the Road Cycling Road Race will pass through. For this I am the main point of contact for The Royal Parks and work closely with them to arrange barrier positions and steward positions whilst respecting the protected flora and fauna.
The best thing about my current job is working with so many experienced and interesting people from around the world. Every day is different and knowing I’m working on the biggest event in the world and making history can sometimes take my breath away. I have also had the opportunity to do things that very few people will ever experience, for example feeding 850 wild deer at night in Richmond Park and putting my feet in the starting blocks of the 100m at the Olympic Stadium.
The most challenging part of my work is the time restraints - my deadlines are definitely non-negotiable. I’m prepared for my job to completely take over my life this summer and realise that sacrifices will have to be made.
The best advice that I can give to Event Management students is to use all of your contacts to find work. If you have volunteered or worked whilst at university you should have lots of these! They can also let you know about positions that have not been advertised. Apply for work early, don’t leave it until the last minute and don’t ever give up. I applied for four jobs with the Olympics before I got an interview. Don’t always look for jobs in the usual places, think outside the box.
Finally, always leave a good impression with everyone you meet; word of mouth is very important in Event Management!