Greenbelt Festival: A Work Experience Series: OFFICE WORK

This is a series of posts about my work experience at Greenbelt Festival over the summer of 2011. This series is here to help event management students gain an understanding of what may be expected of them when they start interning or undergoing work experience, it is also a series for anyone who is interested in how a festival is organised or specifically how Greenbelt is organised. I write these posts in a way that I like to write and so that it is easy to understand and follow. If you have any questions about this Work Experience series or about this blog send me an email caitlnkobrak@gmail.com.

OFFICE WORK

Everyone has to work their way up, from learning to drive a car to starting a new career, so don’t expect to get given the keys on the first day. When you are starting an internship at a company, regardless if it is in events, remember that you will have to show them what you can do and gain their trust; so when you are given a job that you may have done many times before, don’t be upset or annoyed, instead get on and show them what you can do. Also think if you weren’t there, who would be doing the job? They would.

When I started at Greenbelt I was originally given small jobs; making sure the Programming database was up to date, that contributors were not duplicated, that everyone had sent us their pictures and bio, however throughout the weeks I was given bigger jobs with more responsibility such as writing about each Trust Greenbelt project and designing the Trust Greenbelt leaflet to be handed out during Sunday communion. It took a few weeks to get to that stage because they needed to feel convinced I could handle it and because these small jobs had to be finished, everything I did helped and it didn’t matter how small they seemed.

I felt so much pride when I had complete a job and was able to tick it off, not only because I was able to start the next job but also because I was learning to do something new and learning that I could do the jobs I was being given. The relief and joy from knowing I could do these thinks is hard to describe.

Working your way through the small jobs to the more advance levels not only means you are able to learn new things or improve you abilities but it also gives you the chance to ask the small questions, the questions you may think sound stupid or idiotic. For example I learnt that the Bcc field, when sending emails, makes those emails addresses private – allowing you to send emails to loads of people without them having access to the other peoples addresses.

The more jobs you do the more confident you feel, I personally felt most useful and assertive when I came back for two days in August to help out before the festival weekend, because it was then that I realised how much I had learnt and retained. I was able to come back in and get straight to work which allowed everyone else to concentrate on their work without having to worry about me.

I am not saying that by the end of the summer I knew how to do everything or that I think I did everything to 100%, I made mistakes and found certain tasks very hard – and yes at times I was just staring at a computer screen trying to look busy because I was too afraid to ask for a little help. But there was a change from when I starting out on the 6th of June 2011 to when I finished on the 31st August 2011, a change in attitude and confidence as well as ability.

To check out the previous posts in this series click here. Also email me if you have any suggestions on posts you wish to read.

Greenbelt Festival: A Work Experience Series: THE START

This is a series of posts about my work experience at Greenbelt Festival over the summer of 2011. This series is here to help event management students gain an understanding of what may be expected of them when they start interning or undergoing work experience, it is also a series for anyone who is interested in how a festival is organised or specifically how Greenbelt is organised. I write these posts in a way that I like to write and so that it is easy to understand and follow. If you have any questions about this Work Experience series or about this blog send me an email caitlnkobrak@gmail.com.

The amazing thing about actually having the opportunity to try out something before you end up committing, be that test driving a new car or tasting a flavour of ice-cream, is that you can see if it suits you. Yes, the car may be flashy and expensive – but it might be that the gear stick just doesn’t move when you want it too – or that brilliant new exotic ice cream tastes a bit too sweet and leaves an after taste you just weren’t expecting. So the fact that you can gain that invaluable moment before you take a few too many steps in the wrong direction is a god send to many young and undecided individuals much like myself.

Greenbelt has taught me a lot. The most important being that Event Management is not only something I want to do but something I CAN do. It is not everyday that a 19 year old girl, who for almost 18 years kept changing her mind, can firmly say that her future lies in one profession and it certainly wasn’t something I ever thought I would say out loud. I only decided to study Event Management at University because I was adamant that I didn’t want to have to endure 3 years of my a levels again – it was a fluke I came across my course and an even bigger fluke that I am standing here today about to start my second year, as there was a big chunk of my time last year where I wanted to leave. However work experience in the industry through Keystone, Bath Lit Fest and Greenbelt along with various other small stewarding posts, have shown me that there is more to Event Management than what the books show you. It is down to them and them alone that I feel confident and able to say that I think I may have found my future!

I promised when I started my internship at Greenbelt that I would blog about it everyday – however that never really took off. There are many things I could say about why that was; but mostly it was down to being tired – I have become lazy as a student because only needing to get up an 11 o’clock lectures means that 7am starts are a little difficult to get used too. However that doesn’t mean I never made it to the office in time – quite the opposite, I was often there a little bit too early! Coffee at Liverpool St Station isn’t half bad.

I was reading what I first wrote when I started back in June in the London Office and I have to admit that I still get that feeling every time I read that post, it is like when you first start secondary school or you first saturday job – that feeling will always stay with you even if the memory becomes more vague. I do regret not writing a little bit about what I did each day because I ended up doing such a range of different things in that first month in the office and it is hard to recall every single little thing I did. This post, about what it is I did over the course of the month in the office and the week down in Cheltenham, is both a written log for myself and a recommendation and praise for the people I had the chance to meet and work with and for. Not only that but I hope this post gives an insight into the sort of work any event student may have to take on over the period of their course, because it is nice to find someone who is happy to share their own experiences with the rest of us newbies in the world of Event Management.

Originally this was going to be a one post entry but I want it to be something that people will read and take in, due to the fact I did some many different things and have so much to say I am going to be posting these out bit by bit! I can’t explain enough in words how much this internship has helped me or in fact changed the way I view the industry, so as much as I have said previously how Work Experience is the most vital thing to do while at University or trying to break into the industry I shall it say one more time.

GO OUT THERE, AND MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT YOU HAVE! 


Greenbelt Festival: A Work Experience Series: Thoughts for the end.

Tomorrow is my last day at the Greenbelt office, and I am quite sad about that because the last four weeks have been brilliant for me. I have learnt a lot from being in the office and hearing about what other people are doing, the amount of work such a small group of people have to do and keep on top of is amazing and I feel very lucky to have been able to help with this years festival.

I have been writing up some of the stuff I have been doing over the last few weeks and shall be typing them up for you guys on here over the next two weeks.

If you have any questions feel free to comment them below, email me eventmanagementstudent@gmail.com or tweet me @Imdamnstudent