Events Management students were fortunate to receive a guest lecture from industry professional Amy Hollis. Amy has spent number of years as a freelance events and theatre management professional before beginning to take on Project Management roles in the private sector. She now works as Business Development Coordinator for a start-up Health and Social Care company called Adjuvo Care and Support and is the designated project management lead on all acquisitions.
Students Chloe Clarke and Lucy Kirkbride have written how invaluable the session was to them:
"As an Events Management student at the University of Chester, you learn so much more than just how to manage an event. The lecturers broaden your learning to include modules such as Events and Project Management which, in turn broadens our career prospects significantly.
"The lecturers have such a plethora of industry experience and contacts that we were fortunate enough to have Amy Hollis in as a guest lecturer last Monday (12/02/18). Amy dissected her career within the Events and Project Management industries and explained to the class how a versatile skillset is key to this ever-changing industry.
"Amy was able to give the class a better understanding of what would be expected of us as graduates in our future industry and gave a variety of helpful tips on issues many graduates face such as gaining experience. One of her tried and tested remedies for this issue is to volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. Fortunately, as a student of the University of Chester we are constantly provided with new and diverse ways to volunteer and build our skillsets.
"Amy also reassured the student’s worries concerning going out into the Big Wide World of Work and making something of yourself as she explained how her degree was actually in production Management and Technical Theatre. This shed light on Amy’s ability to adapt her skillset learnt through her degree to be able to learn on the job and she encouraged the class to understand that if in doubt, ask."
Speaking to Events Management student and President of the Events Society, Chloe Clarke, after the lecture it was clear that she felt a renewed enthusiasm for gaining as much experience in the industry as possible and making the most of her degree at the University.
“This session was just one of many guest lectures available to us on our course; however, it was a particularly important one for all Events Management students as we prepare our assessments focusing on real-life Event Project Management case studies in industry. We can now refer back to Amy’s range of industry experiences for guidance.”
Module Leader Emily Brogden also spoke about the benefits to students of having industry professionals in.
“This was an invaluable session for our Event Management students. Having focused on the theory and practice of Events Project Management in the lecture room and PC Labs since the start of term, it was the perfect opportunity for students to hear from an industry professional, and analyse whether what they’ve been learning actually happens in ‘real life’! In addition to providing an interesting and informative narrative about her career in Events and Project Management, Amy also offered some excellent advice and guidance in careers and employability. With less than 18 months until graduation, our level 5 students were privileged to have received such detailed and specific advice!”
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