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Alice Cavassa

UCLan Graduate to Medical Conference Planner

After working as a translator for an events company in her native Italy, Alice moved to the UK to pursue her passion for the event industry. She found the BA (Hons) Event Management at UCLan to be an exciting option. 

“I felt as though this course would make the most out of my skills, my experience and interests. The fact that I have strong organisational skills, I am a people person, I am empathic and I love a challenge, made the course perfect for my needs,” explains Alice.
UCLan provided Alice with not only theoretical lectures but also workshops and practical working experience in the event industry.

Speaking about her time at UCLan Alice said: “I will always cherish the memories of my time at UCLan especially the great atmosphere, the exceptional tutoring from my lecturers and the excellent quality of lectures.”

After graduating, Alice went back home to Italy and after quick break started sending out CVs every day to companies. After a little persistence she landed her current position.

Alice commented: “It took me only three months to find the right job for me and my goals. People say I was lucky, maybe I was a little, however I persisted and carried on looking trying not to get demoralised when no results of my hard work was showing.”

Alice is now a Project Executive for Hampton Medical, assisting on the planning of medical conferences. Her duties involve providing support to project managers working on client projects and proposals. She is responsible for a variety of tasks including registration management, customer/delegate enquiry management, client meetings, onsite event staff and team meetings and debriefs.

“Since graduation, my biggest achievement has been managing to find a good job within the industry I studied for, within my three-month limit. It has been very satisfying being able to make my parents proud for all their sacrifices and constant support.”

She adds: “I am also grateful to have found an industry I thrive in and I am passionate about, and also being able to take advantage of the opportunity of studying abroad in a highly reputable university. I believe you can obtain anything as long as you have a specific and obtainable goal, the right attitude, gumption and a strong desire to succeed.”

Nadia Rumyantseva

Hello! My name is Nadia and I have recently graduated from UCLan with an Event Management degree! 

I chose to study Event Management because I have always had a big passion for the music events industry and really wanted to explore this career path further. During my studies, I learnt the necessary skills and knowledge, not only in this discipline but, loads of others, such as marketing and business management. 

I chose to complete a Sandwich year and gain valuable skills in the industry. The UCLan Event Management staff provided me with plenty of support with employment skills while I was looking for a suitable placement. I secured a placement at Vibe Tickets - a tech start up. It has ended up being an amazing opportunity to excel my skills in a workplace, even if it was not directly event based.

Luckily, after graduation, I have been able to secure a role in the same company as a Marketing Executive. Since then, Vibe Tickets have been endorsed by Virgin Media and became finalists in Virgin Media VOOM 2016 competition. 

Vibe Tickets is a tech start up that helps fans buy and sell spare tickets at a fair price. You can find out more on our website My current role involves digital marketing, social media marketing, working directly with our tech team on product testing and customer service via our Twitter @HelpMeVibe (tweet me if you need spare tickets). 
My cat Egor (pictured left) has just secured a job at Vibe Tickets too! 

Jack Baron

Jack Barron joined our programme after serving five years with the British Army Duke of Lancaster's regiment, during which time he was deployed to Afghanistan twice and wounded while on tour.

Still passionate about the Army, Jack continued to serve the Army Reserves and worked four days a week with the Army Outreach team to fund his course.

He went on to achieve a First Class Honours Degree and returned to UCLan in September 2014 to undertake a Master's in Marketing and Public Relations. Jack said: "I remember sitting in my patrol base wondering what I wanted to do, then my mum sent me a brochure for UCLan.

"I've never been very academic so education never really appealed to me, but I've always been interested in event management. When I was younger I was a DJ around Preston, before putting on events of my own. As a mature student I did feel the age gap at times, but I came to University at the right time for me, as I don't think I'd have had the motivation at 18.

"I love the Army, so returning to education was a bit of a culture shock, but it was the best decision I've made. I had a cracking time and the hard work was worth it. My lecturers were fantastic and the whole experience has been so important for my personal development."

Jack has also set up a marketing and events company for the licensed trade, with a view to taking this full time once he completes his Master's. The company, Rebel Marketing and Promotions, has already worked with UCLan's Students' Union, The Blackpool Illuminations Switch On and numerous events and venues around Preston.

Jennifer Wilkinson

Jennifer Wilkinson graduated in 2012 and has gone on to secure her dream role in the industry. She said: "I'd always been interested in events and when I looked into the course I knew it was the right choice to make. I attended a few open days and met some of the tutors who were very helpful.

"I have a number of lasting memories of UCLan, but I would say my trip to Cambodia was a wonderful experience. This helped me become more confident as a person, being totally out of my comfort zone, and also allowed me to see another part of the world.

"The course offers the opportunity to gain work experience for a year. I secured a position for two days a week with a very large florist working on business and events. After graduation I carried on working there until I found my dream job at Eaves Hall in West Bradford, Clitheroe.

"I'd advise students to never give up – there'll always be some obstacles in the way and you need to work hard to get over them, but it's all worth it in the end. I'd also say get as much experience as possible in the job role you intend to undertake."

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