Well over 100 event management students from various institutes across Melbourne have expressed their interest to volunteer for the 30th St Kilda Film Festival taking place at the end of this month (23rd May – 1st June 2013).
Over the past week (Monday 29th April – Friday 4th May 2013), these Melbourne-based students received an interviewed with Melbourne’s leading volunteer management organisation, ‘I Need Helpers’, who will be overseeing the volunteer management element during the iconic 2013 Film Festival.
Industry professionals recognise the direct benefits volunteering has for students seeking employment within our highly competitive industry; however, some organisations still haven’t mastered the volunteer management element of their own event.
“I love the ethic and culture that is behind I Need Helpers; it truly inspires me to gain volunteer experience!” mentions Riana Bell, Victoria University, Bachelor in Business (Events Management)
The I Need Helpers’ Team bring a unique approach to volunteer management / student engagement which has seen over 1,200 students registered on their database keen to acquire experience to benefit their event studies. Alex Rixon-Booth, the Director of I Need Helpers, was once an event management student himself and has developed distinctive volunteer management techniques that really focus on supporting the students with their studies and career objectives.
Mr. Rixon-Booth’s top three volunteer management elements have been listed below; which need to be tailored for every organisation / event based on the intended volunteer demographic.
- Communication (from recruitment, onsite operation to post event).
- Motivational drive / incentive (finding the core motivation behind the volunteer intended to attract).
- Volunteer appraisal / reward (promotes retention and building a database) – Volunteers become your organisation / event ambassadors and will assist year-after-year.
“I love hearing and understanding the motivation behind each student which has assisted us in providing a service beneficial to them. We understand the nature of volunteering, as well as what motivates students to participate.” Mentions Alex Rixon-Booth, Director of I Need Helpers.
Volunteers at the St Kilda Film Festival will receive hands on experience, networking opportunities and be able to observe the unique volunteer management techniques by I Need Helpers.
“It has been great seeing organisations approach volunteer management more seriously, we’re starting to see organisations utilise staffing systems and employ an individual who’s core responsibility is to oversee volunteers. I hope that our service has an impact on the industry as event students today are event managers of the future” states Mr. Rixon-Booth who was recently brought into the Melbourne Food & Wine Management Team with the primary objective to assist in the redevelopment and implementation of better staffing and volunteer systems.
Although I Need Helpers is still young, this organisation is having a great impact on the industry, improving the views that event professionals have on successful volunteer management and engagement.
Event Managers who are looking for volunteers or other event services can visit the I Need Helpers’ website and request an Information kit, which contains more information. www.ineedhelpers.com