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Finding the right opportunity

Hard work, carrying the right attitude and an eagerness to learn are more than just basic traits. They are the essential building blocks upon which a successful career is inevitably built. While industry trends, like technology, will often change, it's these qualities that allow a goal to become a reality.

For an outsider looking in, the field of events is an appealing profession. Often working alongside the entertainment industry, whether it's in event management or live production, the career path has its desirable outcomes.  However, the greatest reward comes from the effort and commitment to the task.

"The thing about events is there is a big payoff for the hard work. When you're standing there at the end of a long shift or two or three days onsite and you look around and can see everyone enjoying themselves and the event going smoothly, the payoff is unbelievable," Holmesglen Events Teacher Marc Nichol says. "It's not like every other job where you close the office door and walk out. You live for that moment where you know you've done a good job and your team has worked really hard."

In order to give Holmesglen students the best chance to succeed, the events courses combine hands on experience with the necessary study. For Marc, having a learning environment available that offers both is important.

"We have a practical training space at Moorabbin that we utilise quite a lot," he says. "It's like a little venue; it has all the lighting, sound and staging set up. I love seeing the students embrace the environment."

Equally, Holmesglen works closely with industry partners, which gives students the opportunity to develop skills from the classroom in a professional space. Holmesglen works with AV companies like Pro Light and Sound, event and project management businesses such as Safety In Numbers and newer organisations like Incognitus.

"We're getting a lot of companies come to us now because of the level that our students are getting to. They're asking for interns and people to work," Marc observes.

Firstly, though, to ensure our students are prepared, Marc, along with the rest of the events teachers, strive to form positive working relationships with their class.

"No one gets lost in our system. That allows us to get the best out of the students, but also get them to the right place in the industry. It's about finding the right opportunity for them."

It's this commitment to helping students reach their potential that has seen Marc nominated in this year's Victorian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year category at the Victorian Training Awards.

This September, Holmesglen events students will again help with the production and set-up of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, which is held at Hisense Arena. Moreover, initiatives like Holmesglen Event Workforce representatives also help support industry placement for students. Holmesglen graduates have worked at events such St Kilda Festival and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

"It's one of the advantages of being with the students on the practical placements. We make sure we're alongside them, to make sure they're really getting the learning we want them to get," Marc says.

What quickly emerges is that there are opportunities are available for those willing to put in the effort, as with effort really does come success. "I love the industry, and I'm glad I'm still involved in it. I love when I'm onsite; it reminds me why I love this industry so much."