Over the past decade we have seen an explosion in the number of event management courses available around Australia.
This had led to many discussions within the industry regarding the worth of such courses.
At ASE we receive many requests asking for recommendations regarding courses along with the inevitable “how do I get into the industry?”.
We list whatever courses we know of in the event info section of ASE and suggest potential students get the information direct from the educational institutions.
As to how to get into the industry, I always suggest networking through industry associations, particularly as many of them have discounted fees for students to the networking events and conferences.
I have been particularly aware of a group of students who travel from Newcastle to attend ISES functions in Sydney and of the students who attended the recent MEA conference.
Another way in is for students to volunteer to work as assistants on conferences – the work is not demanding and they get a great opportunity to observe some well-run conferences and events from the inside.
But what do you think of the courses?
When hiring staff do you prefer a tertiary qualification or on-the-job experience?
We are particularly interested in hearing from graduates – what has been your experience? Did your degree help you to get employment in the industry, or might you have been able to get in without it?
Please post your comments in the forum and look for follow-up to your comments.