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Students take the initiative to get ahead in events management and production

14th October 2020 – Tags: Events Management and Production

Events Management and Production students from City College Norwich will quiz industry experts as they bid to launch successful careers in production arts and live events.

Putting into practice skills developed through their course, the students will host two live broadcasts featuring interviews with a wide range of employers and leading universities who between them have a wealth of experience in the industry.

Participants in the ‘Evolve’ event will share insights about how to make it in careers including stage management, events management, and sound and light engineering.

Confirmed participants include representatives from Guildford School of Acting, Maui Waui Festival of International Music, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Production Bureau Ltd, Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and White Light Ltd.

All the interviews will be led by students who are in the second year of the college’s UAL Level 3 Diploma in Events Management and Production. They will be conducted over live video link using Blackboard Collaborate, the virtual learning environment used by City College Norwich.

Learning from professionals in the industry 

Events Management and Production student Alex Whall would like to work for a production company and is interested in Apprenticeship opportunities:

I’m looking forward to talking to people, asking how they did it, seeing if they have any advice to give me. I’m interviewing someone who started a production business and I’d like to get some tips on how they did it.”

Lottie Middleton is planning to go to drama school and her eventual goal is to work in stage management in West End theatre:

I’m looking forward to hearing how people in the industry have got there, because there’s not a lot of information on how to get from studying it to the actual job. We’re going to be asking them lots of questions about how they’ve got to their current role.”

Charlie Stelling is planning to go to Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and then into a career in set construction:

I’m pretty certain of what I want to do, but want advice on how to get there, what’s the best thing to do, especially in the current climate of coronavirus.”  

Next step towards creative industry careers

Rich Hanke-Hill, Events Management and Production Lecturer, says that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the creative industries means it is more important than ever that these students leave college with a clear destination in mind and a knowledge of how they will get there:

Evolve will give the students a better understanding of what their next step might be, more of an understanding of what the future looks like for them. It’s about opening their eyes to the opportunities which are available, which university or drama school they might go to, or progressing directly into work or an Apprenticeship if that is right for them.”

A further benefit of the event, says Rich, is that the students are making contacts with the employers, universities, or drama schools they could be progressing on to. Because Evolve is being organised and run by the students, it will also act as a showcase of their events management skills.    

Watch Evolve

Anyone who is interested in careers in events management and production can watch the Evolve events live on Friday 16th and Friday 23rd October 2020. To find out more, please email Rich Hanke-Hill (richard.hanke-hill@ccn.ac.uk).