Day in the Life: Events Manager – Roger Hooker

Day in the Life: Events Manager – Roger Hooker



well really my inspiration came from the fact that my father had been involved in event management and the age of 16 at school it was time to go and find some work experience and from a very young age I'd always gone at weekends and spare time to go and see some of these events so I had a certain excitement about these big large-scale events and people having a great experience of them well I think it's that kind of first break I think that's that the hardest piece and seizing that opportunity once it is that you have it and then really giving up your time and giving up your energy and effort because you are hopefully working towards the next piece of experience for me I really think it's the number of event hours operational hours under your belt that you need and starting to really build for the very first time that network that enable you then to go on and do some more things well I think that's the variety that this job and this sector brings I don't think there really is much of a typical day because it really depends where you are in that cycle of actually producing the event for me I think it's working out the start of the day what are the priorities where can I best add value what needs my time and my effort to unlock any issues it might be that we've got I think it's the fact that you are continuously stretching yourself and working with a team of people this is really a people business you can't do it on your own you need the skill sets of the people around you I think it's that the fact you get to an end product and you get to something there's a memory and experience for people as well what did I really miss our name is the international opportunities the fact that with this type of business you can move around there is a kind of games chasing circus that moves around the world so I'd say to everyone have a look around don't think what you're doing right now is what you'll be doing forever and go and be inquisitive go knock on some doors and see what else there is within the sector that you might be interested in good at well I do think it's a balance of the two I certainly think that it's really important to know the kind of key titles if you like a kind of framework that you can work with and I really do think that a good sound grasp of management principles enables you then to go and apply that in the workplace I think we are in a very practical business very much around managing the people managing solutions solving problems so the more practice you can have of applying that theory in that practical environment more opportunities to go and test that out I think you're in a good place at the end of that I like for me I think definitely would be the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for me it was really special to go back into that environment and indeed working with some of my former colleagues that saw me at the start of my career and bring the biggest show on earth and go take it to that particular neighborhood so a real highlight it's really important to get some good solid experience as quickly as possible go and knock on some doors go and introduce yourself go and show your enthusiasm and go and be proactive and build up those networks on that relationship and that will really really prove to be beneficial later on when you can draw upon all sorts of different experience well I think the future it's very difficult to predict and I think there will be an awful lot of change ahead like that has been over the past 10 or 15 years increasingly I think technology will play its parts I think we'll see increasingly an international workforce that moves around and takes the the opportunities that are available so I think we'll see more and more diverse locations coming up maybe not so developed in terms of their infrastructure to host events and therefore I think the planning list would become even more challenging as well well I really think have a to-do list and let that to do this do the worrying for you get out of your head onto a piece of paper just work your way through it worry about the things that you can control you can solve and you can influence make sure that those other items are with somebody work with that person or that organization if need be but stick to that list and at the end of the day strike those things off and write your fresh one for the next day that's how you move forward

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