Have just discovered you can study Events Management over 4 years at uni? WTF?! Go and work for an events company and they’ll pay you #Daft— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) September 18, 2014
I’m going to assume that most of you have seen the above ‘infamous’ tweet from the TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp last week about event management degrees. It’s spawned a lot of debate from fellow #EventStudents and event professionals with Event Magazine’s post, Event’s Northern post & numerous tweets!
Good companies want young people with strong CVs which show they can pull their weight, muck in and learn fast – Not degrees.— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) September 18, 2014
The sad reality is that to gain any job you need experience, but to first gain the experience you need a job! The idea that you can walk up to an event company at 18 years old with no previous experience within the industry and gain a job is pretty naive.
Whilst overall I am extremely grateful for my degree, I didn’t enjoy it during the first term & I do think there needs to be a stronger link between event academics and event professionals but I know I learnt an inaudible amount from my lectures and it is the main reason I managed to gain work experience and my placement when starting out. I also 100% feel that university is a fantastic way to learn other skills such as research, building relationships & learning to work both independently and with others.
My issue with Kirstie’s tweet is the simple fact that she does not work in the industry but also the fact that whilst this has allowed for an interesting debate she is only re-tweeting people who agree with her. If you have a certain viewpoint on something & you decided to share that view, I think it is only right to engage with everyone!
I asked other #EventStudents about what they thought & have decided to share a few of my favourites with you today!
@Alis70s @EventStudents1 @blogbykobrak @KirstieMAllsopp agencies just don’t have the time to do 100% on-the-job training. #eventprofs— Kait Kirwan (@kaitkirwan) September 19, 2014
@kaitkirwan @EventStudents1 @blogbykobrak @KirstieMAllsopp if you even applied for a job without experience or a degree they would laugh!— Ali Swindell (@Alis70s) September 19, 2014
@blogbykobrak @EventStudents1 @KirstieMAllsopp I completely disagree that studying an events degree is “daft” #eventprofs …— Annie Byrne (@Annie_Squirrel) September 19, 2014
@EventStudents1 @Imdamnstudent @KirstieMAllsopp think she should come and talk to the unis that do it before jumping to conclusions.— Jenny Bullock (@JennyWren214) September 19, 2014
I understand that University is not for everyone & I also agree that a 4 year course should not be the only path to become an event professional, but the fundamental issue is that this is another point where the hard work and focus that event students have put in to their career choices is being questioned.
Rather than saying what is ‘wrong‘ with event degrees we need to be discussing how to develop the courses so students are getting the BEST education and event professionals gain graduates with the BEST skills, abilities and knowledge! The crazy thing is that this can happen, these debates allow for all people in the event industry to talk with each other and share their opinions and viewpoints.
I don’t agree with Kirstie’s point because it is ignorant and de-values our hard work BUT i’m glad to see it bringing another discussion where everyone is talking!
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