The Student Sessions 2015



The Events Industry has evolved rapidly in the past few years. This growth has led to a corresponding increase in the number of Event Management and Hospitality degrees being offered by Universities across the UK. As a past Events Students I know from first hand experience that these degrees offer valuable vocational knowledge, and help student develop a broad range of essential skills. But there are some elements that are occasionally overlooked, such as NETWORKING.

The Student Sessions at Confex was a crash course on why and how to network, as well as an opportunity for Students to meet with some of the most influential players in the industry.

It was our goal to help the next generation of students and graduates build their confidence through networking –helping give their career the best possible kick-start.

Set up, organised and run by Myself (Uni of Gloucestershire Events Graduate, Awards Winning Events Blogger & GPJer) and Elena Clowes (Uni of Herts Events Graduate, Winner of The Eventice 2014 & ISES UK International Special Events Society – Operations Manager)

We were joined by a some top event professionals;

Kevin Jackson (VP EMEA at George P Johnson)

Jane Hague (Head of Business Development at ExCel London)

Gareth Dimelow (Head of Strategy and Planning at George P Johnson)

Andy Hughes (Business Development Manager, Sports and Corporate at The Grove)

and Toni Griggs (Sales and Marketing Manager at George P Johnson).

The Student Sessions were delivered in association with George P Johnson, International Confex and ISES UK.




“Thanks for organising the student sessions at Confex last week – they were really worthwhile, especially with the chats from industry leaders.”

“I attended the student sessions yesterday at Confex, and just wanted to say thank you for running it as it was really interesting and helpful!”

“So great to meet you at Confex last week, the student seminars were so insightful! Thank you for organizing it!”

“It was great meeting you at the Student Sessions – an inspiring and successful initiative of Elena and yours!”

“I just wanted to say thank you for hosting the student sessions at the International Confex yesterday. I really enjoyed it and I think you did a great job! The whole experience was very beneficial to me and I learnt a lot.”

If you want to know about any future ‘The Student Session’ events then please give me & Elena a follow on twitter – @blogbykobrak & @ElenaClowes