Meet Bonnie – our Industry Engagement Coordinator
Anyone who’s been following College of Event Management knows that we are extremely well connected to industry and have working relationships with many, many industry partners via our Industry Engagement Program. But how does the program work? How does the program benefit our students? And who is responsible for managing this unique program?
Introducing Bonnie Kelly, College of Event Management’s Industry Engagement Coordinator. Bonnie’s role is to connect our students (and graduates) with the events industry through different types of placements; volunteering, internships or paid roles. But before we dive into Bonnie’s Q & A, let’s have a look at her particular career trajectory:
- Studied at CoEM in 2012 – while studying, completed an internship with Fremantle Media.
- Graduated from CoEM Diploma program in 2012.
- Obtained a role at Arthouse Hotel as Reservations Manager taking care of small, private events.
- Successfully secured a role at Merivale in the group bookings team.
- Got promoted to PACHA coordinator. For those of you who don’t know what PACHA is, it’s that crazy nightclub session held every Saturday night at Ivy, Sydney.
- Became a mum to a beautiful little girl.
- Came to work for CoEM in an assistant role.
- Currently manages our Industry Engagement Program.
Let’s hear from Bonnie about her current position, how the program runs and how beneficial the program is to students’ employment prospects. Over to you Bonnie…
Explain the role of Industry Engagement Coordinator.
My role is to help connect our students and graduates to the events industry by providing assistance with applications for volunteer, internship and paid positions.
How does the Industry Engagement Program work?
We have an internal recruitment platform called Event Talent Agency. I post jobs for our students and graduates and they can apply for anything suitable. I’m proud to say that the conversion rate is usually very high. This is because the students are being connected with the right people. And the event employer is hiring directly from our college without having to apply through the usual channels. Jobs that are on the open market can often be overloaded with applicants and many resumes do not get read.
How do you foster industry relationships?
It’s important for me to ensure I send the right candidates to our industry partners. It’s in our best interest and theirs to make the process of finding the right candidate as seamless as possible. This means that next time they’re hiring they’ll think of us again as it was an easy process with a great outcome.
What are the benefits of IEP to students?
The benefits of IEP are endless. We encourage all students to take on an internship as well as their required volunteer hours to ensure they are all getting as much real world experience as possible. Having industry experience on a graduate’s resume greatly increases their chance for employment. It also gives students a chance to network, learn on the job and discover where their passion within the events industry lies.
What are some of the best outcomes of the IEP that you’ve been involved with?
It’s hard to say, there have been so many!
I think seeing some of our regional students get involved with big name event’s such as Groovin’ The Moo was one of my highlights of the last few years. We haven’t previously had many contacts in WA and Brisbane so making those connections has been so wonderful for our regional students.
I was also so happy to see one of our lovely students take an internship with award winning Sydney agency Belle Laide Events and then be promoted to a paid position within a few months.
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