Case study

Event organiser — Danielle Davis

Danielle studied events management at Manchester Metropolitan University. She now spends her working days organising stag dos, hen parities and activity weekends

How did you get your job?

The job was advertised in the local newspaper and I applied with my CV and a covering letter.

I think it was my attention to detail and the fact that I had one full-time job and two part-time jobs while applying for this position, which illustrated that I'm hard working.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

It's highly relevant in that I help to organise some of the most important events in our customers' lives. There are parts of the course that I don't really use so much but the most useful thing is the experience that I gained from the course, which I still draw on and find relevant today.

What does a typical working day look like?

In my current role I have been trained up in every department, so my day-to-day tasks can vary greatly.

Most days I do work on emails, answering customer enquiries about what we offer, along with quality control and checking that bookings are going well.

How has your role developed?

I have gone through quite a challenging couple of years, the learning curve was huge. There is a massive amount of product knowledge needed in order to be able to help our customers thoroughly with their stag and hen weekends.

My main role these days, which I really enjoy, is quality control. That's making sure that each booking has been placed correctly and that each client's paperwork is perfect. We have to be aware at all times that one error on our part could ruin a group's weekend.

I feel in a couple of years I will be heading up a strong admin team.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love getting to have a go on all the activities we offer. I also enjoy the fact that each day is different and that there isn't a boring atmosphere in the office.

What do you find the most challenging?

When it's busy there is no time for anything else. Keeping a lid on the pressure cooker of jobs that need to be done by a certain time can be extremely challenging.

What are the best things about working in this sector?

We are selling a happy product, so the majority of people we speak to are happy and excited.

I also enjoy helping people and making sure that their weekend goes with a bang.

Any advice for others wanting to get into this career?

Work hard on your CV, make sure it is current and has no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.

You have to understand that there is a lot of competition and it isn't easy to get into this area of work, so take whatever job you can get when you graduate, as a gap on your CV is difficult to explain.

Working hard at whatever job you do shows you are committed.

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