Silje Ueland – BSc (Hons) Events Management graduate

Current employer: Q2Q Communications Ltd.

Current job title: Event Administrator

Current location: London

“I will look back at Amsterdam, Prague, and Cannes as great places we visited during the course. However, my favourite memory is probably the excitement about starting university and meeting all the people that would end up being my best friends.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

During my final year I received an invitation to be interviewed by a company that was looking for candidates like me. I went through the recruitment process and was successful in securing a graduate job in March. However, when starting the job in early June, I realised that the role was not as expected and moved back home in order to search for something more appropriate to what I wanted to do. I then went through a recruitment process for a role as a sales consultant for NetJets in London and started this role in October.

What is the most difficult thing that you have faced in your career?

The most difficult thing faced in my career has definitely been the struggle to balance work and life, as the industry requires long hours and seasonality work. However, this also makes it an exciting and dynamic industry as long as you are prepared for it and are able to find motivation in the different tasks you carry out.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

I would recommend everyone who has the chance to undertake a placement year, as this really allowed me to understand what I learnt on my course through the industry experience working for an event production company. During my first few months in the company I got to travel with 300 guests from Norway to a castle in Scotland and host the most amazing event. This was one of the biggest events I’ve been a part of and it was great to have so much responsibility so early on in my role.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

I would say that theory can only get you somewhere on paper – which does not really count in the real working world, especially in this industry. Therefore, I would encourage everyone to get as much experience as possible. I would also encourage people to network and to talk to as wide a range of people as contacts are key in the industry. I would also add that personality is key, and being open, flexible and likeable is important when dealing with so many different people.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

Studying at Plymouth helped me to grow personally as I moved all the way from Norway, and I didn’t know anyone at the University. It helped me to learn and understand more about the industry that I wanted to enter. The event management course at Plymouth University is so unique because of the environment on the course: the professors are there to get to know you and help you achieve your goals.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

To exclude our different field trips would be wrong, as they are all great memories: I will look back at Amsterdam, Prague, and Cannes as great places we visited during the course. However, my favourite memory is probably the excitement about starting university and meeting all the people that would end up being my best friends.