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Bridging the Gap event to tackle increasing industry divide

The online ‘Bridging the Gap in the Events Industry’ event will be hosted by on Get Ahead in Events, Events 101 and Event Grads on Wednesday 25 November.

Get Ahead In Events, Events 101 and Event Graduates are three organisations aimed at helping young people, from a first-year student to a junior event professional, get the most out of their career.

The event is specifically aimed at students and graduates who are about to start their career as event professionals.

The ‘Bridging the Gap in the Events Industry’ event will address the gap between the formal education system and the actual events industry.

Established event professionals recognise the constantly decreasing opportunities for aspiring event professionals to gain much-needed work experience. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented even more challenges when it comes to gaining experience, as current regulations stipulate larger, in-person events cannot happen and therefore students don’t get the opportunity to learn on the job.

“The divide between the education system and the actual events industry is increasing and there are limited opportunities for students to gain the knowledge to advance their events career and progress to the next step on the career ladder,” an organiser of the event said.

More than 1,000 students and 72 universities across the UK are expected to take part in the event which will see keynote speeches from lecturer and Business Visits and Event Partnership’s vice chair, Caroline Jackson and Mark Breen of Safe Events and Cuckoo Events.

The event will also include a live panel discussion from former event students who are now cementing their careers in the events industry and workshops to coach attendees through improving their LinkedIn profile, writing a winning CV and how to interview well.

“The event is really important to galvanise thoughts and ideas of how to ensure that the events industry is still open for business in terms of new recruits and existing talent,” Jackson told M&IT.

“There is no doubt that so many people have been adversely affected by the pandemic but events are still going ahead, albeit online and in other parts of the world. Events will also bounce back when permitted to do so and when social distancing requirements are relaxed because of vaccination and/or greater testing.

“We have to think about the future and so keeping those bridges into the industry is really important. The old analogy of not burning your bridges could not be so important. Keeping and fostering new relationships at this time is vital. Online events and platforms are currently acting as a place to do this and this event is one example. A time to get some ideas but more importantly to network and come together to make a difference; to show that event-grads do have a lot to give.”

Event attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other students, established event professionals and lecturers.

Ticket: Standard ticket price is £7.50 and this includes a ‘virtual goody bag’. Early bird price is £5 on sale now. Both can be accessed here.

Date: Wednesday 25 November 2020

Time: 1pm-6pm