The Eventice 2017

Photograph by Laura Lee Moreau

I have been an Event Management Graduate for over 2 years now. November 2014 saw me back in Gloucestershire donning a Harry Potter style robe, and one of my fanciest dresses to celebrate the end of 4 years!

The 27 months since have been pretty spectacular. But the real change – my first moment of clarity – came after my placement year & when I jumped head first into something that took me totally out of my comfort zone!

I’ve written a billion times about the Eventice – in fact I have a whole section dedicated to it! I’ve spoken at length in person & online about the key reasons as why this opportunity is one not to be missed by Final Year Event Students – and you know what …

IT’S THE TIME AGAIN The Eventice is back for 2017!

The deadline for applications is fast approaching Monday 30th January (to read all the important information on what you need to include in your 2 minute video click here)

I get that you might have dissertations coming up that you really want to give you main focus to, but let me just ask you a quick question – isn’t the whole point of spending 3 or 4 years gaining a degree so you can land a great job when you finish?

The Eventice 2014 FINAL 5 – (L-R) Olivia Pole-Evans, Me, Elena Clowes, Charlotte Jarman, Holly Glover

There are 3 main reasons I strongly advocate this experience;

ONE: You will make meaningful connections with Event Professionals!

Not just with the event profs offering the jobs or individuals in attendance at International Confex (which is pretty much the whole industry) but there is a wealth of support from past participants!



TWO: You will learn valuable skills that will enhance your value when entering the industry.

The aim of the 3 day interview is to test your ability to multi task, organise, project manage, negotiate, network and present.

If you think you’re lacking in some of these areas DON’T FEAR because you learn pretty quickly to give it all a try, and my does it build your confidence!

THREE: It gives you a chance to focus on your future & not just your degree.

Like I said “isn’t the whole point of spending 3 or 4 years gaining a degree so you can land a great job when you finish?” 

This is genuinely one of those opportunities that don’t come around that often, but as with anything the experience is what you make of it.

Photograph from way back in 2014 at the Event Production Show!

A few final little tips;

Bring business cards (to give out to all the event profs you will meet across the event) bonus points if you pick a few companies who are exhibiting that you want to speak to!

Ask questions to past participants – there are 15 people who compete but 2 jobs, but lo and behold the other 13 have since entered and work within the events industry. It doesn’t end if you don’t win!!

Do your homework. Not just looking at the companies websites but at the people working there. Have a stalk on their LinkedIn, social media – see what articles they’ve written! Get interested in who and what they do beyond just the events and clients they represent!!

Have fun! You will be meeting 14 engaged, determined and exceptionally good event students – friendship can take you a long way!

If you do apply – which you all should – please let me know.

And if I can help in any way please drop me a tweet!


DEADLINE: 30th Jan 2017

Dates of Competition: 28th February – 2nd March 2017

Location: London

How to Apply CLICK HERE

My video application can be watched HERE.

& all my previous posts about the Eventice can be read HERE.


Photograph by Neven Krcmarek

Yesterday whilst travelling back from Scotland I was listening to Agatha Christie’s first Hercule Poirot novel ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ – not just a fantastic detective story Poirot is the epitome of a critical thinker.

I’m taking these words through 2017 – “If the fact will not fit the theory – let the theory go”

I’ve said for many years that I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, but 2016 has been a real mix bag and I know I can’t deal with 2017 being the same. Ready to get this started?!

Goals and Aims; Personal Reflection!

Photograph by Jordan Whitfield

One of my favourite Event Profs to follow on Snapchat is the ever fantastic Mary Baird-Wilcock (follow The Simplifiers on Snapchat). 

Mary is currently on a retreat in Spain working on her goals as a CEO and for her business – I’ve found it fascinating watching her share this journey and the process over the last 2 days. The daily list of early morning meditation and dance parties mixed with real business focused objectives. The point that gave me the food for thought and spark to write this post, was when Mary shared the process of writing and creating her own personal goals of what she wants. Having started the process & shared them on the first day,  she revisited them and adapted them so they moved away from needing other people to help her achieve them. 

I might not run my own business, but I do have ambitions and goals. Mary’s snapchat story made me take a look back at these last few months and I’ve realised that this year has been a turning point in me working out what I (singular Caitlin) want to achieve both within my career & outside.

I have been striving to be a part of the bigger picture within the event industry. It is the reason I took part in the Eventice back in 2014. It is the reason I became active on social media with event conversation. It is why I continue to write this blog. It is a core reason as to why I am active within the industry outside of just being part of GPJ. It’s a massive reason as to why I genuinely love my job because as an organisation they support and encourage this.

But my aim is  no longer just to be a part of the industry – but rather to be part of the change.

Whilst events continue to develop and grow it seems the age-old conversation of experience vs degrees – women in events – keep popping up. Great points are raised but still I struggle to see any real action happening!

I want a seat at the table that is at the forefront of making the difference and creating the shift.

I’ve never actually vocalised that aim, but it is why I took on the role of Director at Large for Education and sit on the ILEA UK Board. It is one of the reasons myself, Priya and Elena created Event: First Steps. This table might not already exist, but even if it doesn’t then I’m up for creating it!  

Thanks to the amazing friends, mentors and all round awesome event professionals I’m proud to know, I’ve realised that the real success and change comes from people who go out and do things. It is all good being passionate but it is time to channel that into something productive!

Time to be the change. Time to create our own tables and chairs!

It links quite nicely with the fact the Event 100 Club shortlist was announced yesterday & I am exceptionally proud to be on the 30 under 30 shortlist. Voting is open till next Friday 25th November, and it truly would mean a lot if you went to vote HERE.

Also many of my wonderful colleagues & friends are on that list;