Why did you choose to study at Newcastle College?
I completed my A Levels in York and took a year out whilst I considered my future career path. I have always enjoyed organising social events with my friends and that lead me into thinking about a career in events management.
The course at the College appealed to me as it included a lot of practical experience. I visited an open day and was able to speak to tutors about the course and tour the facilities. I’d never been to Newcastle before and with the campus being in the city centre I was also able to take a look round the city. After attending the open day I knew I wanted to study here.
Did you stay in student accommodation?
The College recommended some accommodation providers and I was then able to visit these in my own time. I lived in shared accommodation with other Newcastle College students which was a five-minute walk from campus. As I was moving to a new city this was a great way for me to meet new friends before I’d even started my course!
What’s Newcastle like as a student city?
Newcastle is a great city as there are so many students. Everything is within walking distance and there’s so much to do. There’s nightlife to suit all tastes and excellent shopping with Eldon Square Shopping Centre in the city and the Metrocentre only a five-minute train ride away.
What did you learn whilst on your first year?
From the first day we were tasked with a group project which included the organisation of our own event. This was a three month project where we worked in a team to deliver a game show in the College’s theatre. The project allowed us to understand all the elements that contribute to a successful event; from the planning and logistics, to the ticket sales and risk assessments. This group work was a great way to meet new friends and it really helped me settle into the course.
Have you had the chance to gain work experience?
The best thing about the course is the amount of opportunities for work experience. My tutors regularly send through placement opportunities to gain voluntary and paid work experience. In my first year I had the chance to assist with Juice Festival and Festival Finale, as well as gaining experience of working within a theatre.
Whilst on the second year of my Foundation Degree I worked at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference in Birmingham. This was a four day event which taught me about hosting skills, management and sales, all of which have helped broaden my knowledge of the industry.
The placement I enjoyed the most was Evolution Festival where I worked as an Artist Liaison. It was my responsibility to ensure that all dressing rooms were set up, to chaperone artists to the stage and to look after VIP guests. I met famous artists including Bastille, Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith and Rudamental.
The work experience I gained exposed me to different types of events. Being able to get a taste for the industry has ensured I now know what to expect once I begin to find employment. I’m really grateful for the work experience opportunities that were offered to me and I’d recommend to any student that they take up as many opportunities as they can.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue studying at the College, progressing onto the BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up) where I’ll be able to focus on events management and production. I’m hoping to secure a full-time placement alongside my studies so that I give myself the best possible chance of finding work once I graduate.