Read on to get some great tips and advice on how to approach your career in events and achieve everything you want to.

Kieron Osmotherly, Founder and CEO, Tower Xchange (@TowerXchange)

“Take the first job that’s offered to you” – it took about 20 interviews, but I started out as a delegate sales grunt at ICM (now Marcus Evans) and 17 years later I’m still selling delegate places, albeit for my own business this days!

Start at the bottom. Learn from everyone. When you’re smarter than your boss, quit. Make your career what you want it to be. I wanted to make up events not sell them. But if I hadn’t learned how to sell them first, I wouldn’t have had the success I have.”

Ed Poland, Co-founder, COO, Hire Space (@hirespace)

“Best career advice I had was to focus on one thing at a time. At a startup there are hundreds of exciting possibilities every week. The key is to be selective and do one thing well before moving onto the next. Takes a bit of discipline!”

Richard, Founder & CEO, Evvnt (@evvnt)

“Start your own business, it will set you free. In hind sight it was from a man who was employed and I’d say that running my own company has been one of the most challenging career choices I’ve ever made. Set me free it has not, challenged beyond my comfort zone everyday. If I was to give career advice, find a job that makes you spring out of bed in the morning – the career will take care of itself.”

Liz King, CEO, Chief Event Specialist, Liz King Events (@lizkingevents)

“The best career advice I’ve ever received is that there is no path. When we were younger, we were looking for a path to follow. Degree, Internship, Entry Level Job and progressing from there. However, the best thing you can do for your future is to find your passion and do everything you can do to pursue it. Create opportunities. Ask for what you want. Think outside the box. Anything is possible!”

Maria Villablanca, Group CEO, Accucore Group (@Maria_VillaB)

“The best career advice I have ever received was that “power is taken and not given”. I have lived by that for a long time. Too many people expect reward and recognition for their hard work. They expect business to be just and fair. It isn’t. You have to make your own career path.”

Jerome Maas, Co Founder & Strategy Director, Sharedit (@shareditlondon)

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever received any great career advice. My advice to those looking for direction is quite simple. Do what you love. Don’t follow the money. Create a career for yourself in an industry you are passionate about and the money will follow.

What I found invaluable was working many jobs in my early career, constantly moving if I got bored. Ironically this is often something frowned upon by many. This allowed me to experience a variety of sectors and then make an informed decision as to what I felt my skills and interests were best suited to.

If you’re in a job you hate, leave and find something you love. Can’t find a job you love? Start a company. If you’re passionate about it, others soon will be too.“

Phil Kidd, Business Manager, Red Recruitment (@redrecruitjobs)

“The main advice I give to candidates when going for jobs and interviews is to be positive, prepared and most importantly be themselves. Be sure their personal profile on the CV, any strengths / weaknesses or 5 year plans answers they provide in interview are relevant to them. Anyone can find the best answers however their personality and character will come out and they want to get a job that fits it, makes them want to do it well and progress their careers.”

Daniel Greenaway, Co-Founder, Hashtag-Events (@PerceySnipes)

“The best career I ever received was from a colleague who told me to remember the five “ups” to career success – ‘Get up, dress up, show up, keep your head up, and never give up’.

I think that’s a great positive mantra to not take yourself too seriously in the workplace, and to keep some perspective on life.”

Katurah Shaw, Co-Founder, Hashtag-Events (@katurahshaw)

“The best career advice I ever got was probably from my mum who said ‘say yes to every job opportunity you ever get and then put in the work to make sure it’s done right’.  That might have had something to do with the fact she wanted me to leave home at that point, however it’s stood me in good stead and meant that I’ve worked in both events and media barter – both industries I have loved and now I have the opportunity to do a bit of both with Hashtag Events!”

Debs Eden, Founder, Bristol PA Network (@bristolpanetwrk)

“The best career advice I’ve ever had is to be my authentic self.

This has led me to rejecting interviews if I felt the recruiting company didn’t have the same values as me. I’ve learned to respect culture and investigate it before accepting a role.”

Georgina Coleman, Head of Corporate Sales, Late Night London (@LNLCorporate)

“Never be too afraid to ask. Often, and I feel it can be a female trait, we can be too conscious of not asking for something because we might be afraid of the answer. Having the guts to ask for something can be a positive thing and the outcome progressive. You don’t always get what you want but if you don’t ask, you’ll never know!”

Susheila Juggapah, Digital Content Editor, Concern Worldwide UK (@sushi_juggapah)

“To stop taking advice from people who haven’t been looking for a job themselves recently. Their advice tended to be redundant and superficial like ‘make sure you wear a suit’ ”

Simon Gibson, Cost Management Consultant, Auditel (@SimonAuditel)

“Stop doing what you don’t enjoy, life is too short!”

Elliot Green, Marketing Intern, The Business Hub Partnership LLP (@Auditel_hub)

“Shoot for the stars and reach the moon.”

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