“So, what next?” Isn’t that the question that all graduates are asked as they make the transition from student to graduate? I graduated university without a job and like many other people my age, I felt that I needed to immerse myself into the ‘real world’ or at least have something to focus on.
In 2017 my dad had attended the Digital Festival, which is the largest tech event in Wales. He knew I had always had an interest in events and during that time he advised me to look for an opportunity to get involved.
Four months later I noticed an advertisement for an internship opportunity with Innovation Point to help organise the Digital Festival 2018. Even though I have always had an interest in event planning, I never pursued it; therefore I saw this to be the perfect opportunity to gain experience in the industry.
I took the plunge and sent an email expressing my interest in the opportunity and luckily bagged myself an interview. Two weeks later I began my first day at Innovation Point as an events intern. My enthusiasm and eagerness to learn was bursting out of me!
Here I was feeling anxious and excited entering a new environment. Every one made me feel very welcome and it wasn’t too long before I felt part of the team. I really felt like part of the furniture (but in a good way!). I soon discovered that I’d be getting stuck in from the get go. This wasn’t a standard internship ‘making coffee’ as most people would assume, the team immediately took me on board as a vital part of the team!
After a few months of non-stop, hard work Digital Festival had finally arrived. This was my moment to shine it was my first event and I was excited to see all the team’s hard work pay off! I had learnt so much within the first few weeks!
Speakers were turning up and I would instantly recognise them due to my responsibility of collecting all their headshots! I loved being given a specific role of main speaker liaison and confidently approached each one and showed them in the right direction.
The first day was a whirlwind; my knowledge and working with such a great team helped me whilst rushing around the buzzing venue! The skill of multi-tasking came in handy whilst dealing with speakers, general delegates and listening to the events team through the earpiece.
Working on Digital Festival taught me so much about working in events. There are definitely stressful times however the rewards always come out on top! I’m proud that I helped shape an event that I couldn’t wait to attend and that so many others thought was great!
The team at the Innovation Point is filled with positivity and laughter, I loved how every day wasn’t the same and enjoyed working with people from all walks of life, this made the
whole experience as an intern such an amazing one; it is a kind of team you never want to leave.
The challenges I experienced during the past few months have made me grow as a person and being part of a tight knit and positive team made the job much more enjoyable.
I can’t wait to see what’s next for me!