You have value, no matter your age.

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The constant echoing of advice from all Event Professionals (myself included) that experience is vital to gain a job in the events industry, whilst coming from a good place can sometimes be detrimental.

It can be detrimental because often it means you are forced to take on unpaid internships for long periods, and no matter what career you are aiming to work in the sad reality is that there is a vicious circle that all young people face when it comes to employment and experience.

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We harp on about the concept that experience in your chosen job field is vital, but how can you get a job if you don’t have any previous experience? I’ve spoken countless times on why volunteer work is a great option, but I’ve also spoken out about the way people abuse unpaid interns.

I’ve faced the same problems, as have many of my friends and colleagues in the past. When you have no previous experience it is hard to get a job, which is why people always talk about how internships are what you make of them. If you go into the experience willing to give 110% – no matter the type of work you might be asked to do – people will take note, you will gain more opportunities, notice more things and learn an exceptional amount.

However there is a point where you need to understand your worth & stop only applying for internships or work experience where the skills needed are minimal, but the opportunity to learn in higher.

Why? Because you properly have the knowledge needed for a job with more responsibility!

I read a great interview with Tavi Gevinson, who at 14 was front row at many fashion shows due to her exceptionally good blog ‘Style Rookie‘ & now at 19 not only runs the fantastic Rookie Magazine but is forging a successful career as an actress. In this interview she talks briefly about the negativity she received when she first started out, mainly based on the fact she was so young;

That young people don’t have valid thoughts about the world because they haven’t been alive long enough is sadly a very popular and, frankly, unoriginal sentiment – Tavi Gevinson

When I express my opinion on big issues & how things could be done, my points often get dismissed to be a naive outlook on a situation. How could I know anything about the how things are done if I’ve only be in the world for 22 years?

When I was on my placement year I would go to so many client meetings where I wasn’t even acknowledged, they would only talk to my colleague even though for many of the events I was the person who did 85% of the work. Why? Because I didn’t look old enough.

The thing is I am not naive with my outlook on how to deal with problems, yes I am probably more optimistic but that’s not naivety, I just look at the same situation slightly different. And the thing is my age holds no impact on my ability to do a job, yes the more experience I get the better I will become, but just because I was 19 it didn’t mean I was less able than my colleagues at 28.

The thing is everyone has different skills and different experiences, the lessons you learn and the way that impacts how you work in the future will be vastly different to other people. But that is where you biggest selling point comes from. Because the way you look at a problem might only be a few degrees different from someone else – but it could the few degrees that make it a viable solution!

Collaboration, continuous learning and investment in development are just a few, of the many terms, that companies are throwing out there. Good organisations understand the value that young talent can bring, the insight and the way you look a things – which others may describe as naive – is a different outlook that can move businesses forward.

What I am trying to say, in an elongated way, is that you need to understand your own value.

Don’t get sucked into the ridiculous concept that you need to take on loads of unpaid internships because it is an opportunity to learn.

You need to understand that you have skills and insight that organisations want, and whilst you might have to undertake some unpaid experience it should not be something you do forever!

No matter what age you are, you have value to add. 

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Why I take blogging breaks.

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I have always had a love/hate relationship with blogging.

Don’t get me wrong I adore writing this blog, and more than that I love speaking to you guys, hearing about your own experiences & learning from you. The great thing is that IDS has enabled me to talk to so many of you & to build that communication!

If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you will be aware that every few months there is suddenly a lack of posts on this blog. I always go in with the right intention and mindset but the reality is that I after a while it becomes more of a task than something relaxing.

I am still trying to figure out where it is that I want to go in my life, and juggling my career, this blog & my personal life is something I am still adjusting to.

For the last 24 months, when I started taking this blog more seriously, I thought there was something wrong when I started getting disinterested in writing new posts. If you are also a blogger then you might have read some of those How To posts that tell you what you need to do to become a ‘successful’ blogger – they always tell you to plan, schedule, comment & be active on social media ALL THE TIME. However when you work 8 hour days, commute 4 hours each & every day, and spend most of your day on a computer the last thing you want to do when you get home is stare at a pixellated screen.

However it was reading Katie’s post (Scarphelia) on reclaiming your inbox, when I suddenly realised that reason why I go through such drastic phases with my blog. She wrote it so clearly in black & white.

Blogging is not something I do because I want it to lead to something else.

I love reading blogs, online magazines, opinion pieces and pretty much anything that is engaging, interesting and well argued. The internet has created an open form of communication which means it is now so easy to share your views, skills and ideas with anyone in the world. Whilst this can lead to amazing innovation, you also get the cattiness and competitiveness that comes with an over saturated internet.

This blog is a release, a hobby, a place where I can share my advice & continuous learn from being who know more than me.

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging because sometimes it is hard to see past the (very small group) of people who only write to gain free gifts, whose content is direct and obvious replicas of other people’s writing, and who claim to ‘support’ but slate people behind their backs.

Don’t get me wrong I am not directly this at all bloggers (or any specific blogger), nor am I saying that you shouldn’t write a blog with the aim to either do it full-time or as a tool to help you gain your perfect career. Far from it, because I know so many amazing people who are forging their lives from the amazing things they are doing via their blogs & I also know how hard, and the staggering amount of work that goes into writing regular blog content.

All I am saying is that the reason I sometimes struggle to keep this blog updated weekly, is because there are times when I would prefer to spend my free time with friends and family, away from technology, away from blogging. It is like when I binge watch TV shows on Netflix, if I’m only watching one show after a few days I have to give myself a break – turn of the computer & do something else. Otherwise watching that TV show goes for being a lovely, enjoyable, relaxing pastime to a chore to get to the end of all the seasons!

Do you ever find yourself becoming disheartened with blogging? Or are there things I could be doing to get me out of this mind-set? 

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Virtual Reality

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I am mighty aware that the last few posts have been really ‘heavy’, and by heavy I do just mean wordy! I am not going to insult your intelligence and assume that to balance this out there needs to be a much smaller post, because you guys seem to be reading and sharing these past few entries. I also know there is nothing wrong with wordy posts – especially when the content is both relevant & (hopefully you agree) interesting, although I might be bias in my thinking there.

However I occasionally need to condense down the amount I say, largely because for the hundredth time I missed another promised Sunday post! Maybe I should just admit that I am now only able to produce a post a week & then occasionally surprise with an extra ‘unexpected’ post!

However today is another Wednesday and I wanted to share an interesting Ted Talk that I watched last week by Chris Milk on the topic of Virtual Reality.

It is a short 10 minute video that I hope will leave you with the same feelings I had, the fact that whilst virtual tours around venues, the ability to be transported to any location around the world are fantastic features – tech can really enhance and change our perceptions.

As someone who only became aware of Event Technology in the last 18 months, I am continuously learning and understanding my views on this subject area. What fascinated me about Chris’s talk was the fact he is using VR as a tool to make a difference, developing on from a format that we are so accustomed with but making it more experiential. Film is something we have all had experience with, and whilst 3D films apparently ‘transported’ us into the action – VR can actually enable that to happen!

There are a staggering amount of innovative and ingenious ideas that are out there, enabling stories and developing the way we experience everything – from daily tasks right through to events. Yet what I took away from this Ted Talk, other than the fact I need to start looking at the bigger pictures of where technology can take us & the trends that will affect our future is this point;

“I think we can change minds with this machine.”Chris Milk

Marketing, events and advertising is about getting people to DO something – from buying a product to viewing a brand in a different way, this means it is really important when viewing tech that you don’t just look at what it can do for you now, but also consider where that technology will go in the future.

Let me know what you think of Chris’s Ted Talk & if you have any articles or views on the area of VR! 

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