Taking those First Steps in the Events Industry


Logo designed by the fantastic Francesca Stephens

A few weeks ago I had planned to write a post sharing a new event that myself, Elena Clowes & Priya Narain are running called Events: First Steps – which is aimed at anyone who is working towards gaining their first steps into the industry – either whilst studying or as a career change.

However something mad happened & we sold out of all tickers within 7 days (& from just three tweets worth of marketing) But whilst there are no more places available for Tuesday’s event (1st November) we now have a twitter set up & will be sharing a lot of the event on here – so worth a follow even if you’re unable to join us for this first event!

So what is First Steps? Why are we doing this event? Well if you’ve not already read Elena’s fantastic post from a few weeks back – here’s a little description! 🙂

The events industry is vast.

It brings together a breadth of different people striving to create sparks of interest, from suppliers providing lighting/AV /furniture/catering for large B2B events through to festivals. Event organisers who are the day-to-day logistical masterminds able to seamlessly bring together weddings, conferences, exhibitions for crowds of 30 through to 30,000. You have event technology bringing Virtual Reality into the fray alongside gamifications, and apps. Agencies that take everything under one roof, Venues providing the home ground for all the different elements, creative designers bringing ideas to life. And to top it all off you have associations that continue to develop and enhance the industry, taking the reins after the academic learnings have ended.

There are so many different paths that you can take when you enter this industry, and it can feel overwhelming knowing where to take those first steps.

How do you know where you should go?

First Steps brings together 6 fantastic speakers, all working across the industry in different roles, all at different stages of their own career path. Taking 10 minutes of your time to tell their own story & give you that nugget of advice that could make jump starting you career that little bit easier. TED Style!

The sole aim of this event is to give you, the next set of powerful event professions, a chance to really understand the many career possibilities, and a few ways you can move towards taking you own first steps!

Being completely frank I would not have ended up in my job, with the connections, confidence & understanding of the industry if I hadn’t had the opportunity to see a few more examples of what opportunities there are outside of becoming an Event Manager.

We’re all on different paths, with different skills to offer & getting to hear from real people about why and how they have ended up in the positions they are in now can be one of the most inspirational & interesting conversations!

Give First Steps a follow on twitter to keep in the loop for future announcements! And as always if you want to ask any questions drop me a message on here or via social media 🙂





  • The first steps always tend to be a bit hasty and unsure, but once the experience is gained I can’t think of a more rewarding job! Love it

  • I couldn’t agree more 🙂 I also think we don’t talk enough about the pressures of getting your first job & the haste to enter the industry that it sometimes take a few tries to find the role that fits best! Thanks for reading!