Over twenty event management students from various institutes across Melbourne are currently assisting at the iconic Taste of Melbourne Festival 2012 held at Albert Park Lake this week.
Yesterday (Thursday 15th Nov), fourteen motivated students were at the event to participate actively and receive a ‘taste’ of their future event career. The event ‘helpers’ were presented with duties such as assisting the entrance, registration areas, core event staff and the different event sections – providing them all an insight to the event operations and preparation required running large-scale events.
This is the first year the event has taken place at the stunning lakeside location and students will be playing a vital role in the delivery one of our highly recognised foodie events.
I Need Helpers, a volunteer management organisation, were provided the task of carefully selecting the motivated students from their career-driven database, to which, over seven hundred event management students have signed up. This figure is increasing daily with educational institutes endorsing the career benefits that volunteering has.
“Volunteering truly serves as a connective tissue for anyone looking to gain the experience they need to pursue a career in event management; while at the same time providing networking opportunities with industry professionals.” Mentions Alex Rixon-Booth, Director of I Need Helpers
Mr. Rixon-Booth, once an event student himself, volunteered for numerous events throughout his event management qualification. His volunteering subsequently landed him his first full-time position at one of Melbourne’s major calendar events, L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
After seeing the direct benefits volunteering has for students Mr. Rixon-Booth established I Need Helpers in 2010, which has since overseen the volunteer management of large-scale events like St Kilda Festival and the Financial Education Summit ft. Sir Richard Branson held in Melbourne.
The Taste of Melbourne Festival 2012 will not only provide students an insight to large-scale events, but it will also provide students the opportunity to see the leading restaurants involved on the day – A great eye-opener to our hospitality and events industry.
“When volunteering for I Need Helpers I felt like I was part of a family. It was educating, hard work but a lot of fun. I Need Helpers gave me the opportunity to work for major events which otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to be a part of.” Asanki Fernando | Victoria University, Event Management Student
With the organisation expanding rapidly, it has introduced a number of other event services that focus on supporting our rapidly growing events industry, while at the same time allowing students gain invaluable experiences. The organisation has recently opened doors for students studying in fields of marketing, design, photography and public relations.
If you’re looking to attend the Taste of Melbourne head over to their website
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.