The Next Generation of Industry Talent

written by Melina

At Hel’s Angels we believe in fostering young talent. As part of our commitment to training the next generation, we take on 2 event industry students for year-long placements.

They spend the year with us learning the ropes in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment – which can often feel daunting for someone who hasn’t experienced the industry before.  So we have developed a comprehensive training programme to guide our students safely through – everything from systems training through to sending them out into the field to experience brand engagement campaigns first hand.

As one of our placements, Rebecca’s year comes to an end and we prepare to take on the next generation of students, we take a look at how her year has been and what she has learnt.

HA: Can you sum up your year at Hel’s Angels in 2 sentences?

RS: It has been a wonderful year where I have learnt so much about my chosen field of study. I’ve loved working with the team both in the office and the field and feel like I’ve gained invaluable experience to take forward with me when I leave.

HA: What are the 3 main things you have learnt during your student placement year?

RS: To be more organised! How to find solutions VERY quickly, and how to put what I’ve learnt on paper into good practice.

HA: What is your highlight and why?

RS: The opportunities and variety of skills I have been able to learn/jobs I’ve been able to work on.

HA: What has been the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with?

RS: The busker outside who plays the traffic cone… Sorry, on a serious note – probably getting to grips with the workload and how to use my time properly!

HA: What is the main piece of advice you would give to the next set of students?

RS: To go for every opportunity as it will really prepare you for your final year more than anything else. Meet as many staff as possible, work as many field jobs as possible, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn!

HA: If you compare yourself now to when you first started your placement year, what has changed?

RS: I am a lot more confident in my ability to do a good job. I am happy I chose event management and will go back to my final year with a lot more reassurance in my choice.

HA: Do you think the events industry is doing enough to attract the next generation of new talent?  If not, what could they do to improve?

RS: With events like festivals etc. I think young people will always have an interest in getting into this industry – but I’m not sure many people know how to! More internships and student placements will open up the events world for more people.

HA: What would be your fantasy event or brand to work on?

RS: I would love to work at Bestival or Boomtown – It’s right up my street with music and the circus vibes! I’d also love to work for Sailor Jerry or Captain Morgan – my favourite drinks!

Thank you so much to both our student placements Rebecca and Kirsten for all your hard work, we have loved having you! We hope you now have a whole host of new skills to take back to your final year of university.