Event Jobs – What’s Available & What’s In It for You
Ever wondered how you could get involved in your favourite festival? Have you considered getting a job at the next big sports tournament?
Events such as Glastonbury and Wimbledon provide numerous opportunities for job seekers and freelancers. They require months of planning and many behind the scenes staff.
Obviously, Wimbledon’s annual tournament requires several ball boys, ball girls and umpires. But what about data analysts and security staff? Did you know one of webrecruit’s clients, G4S Security Services, start to recruit for security staff six months before the championships even start?
Music festivals are another event that requires a lot of manpower. All that rigging, lighting and plumbing doesn’t happen by itself. With ticket prices soaring and most festivals allowing you to work for your pass – what better way to get closer to your favourite bands!
The Olympic Games are still a year away but have generated tens of thousands of jobs from catering to housekeeping, through to construction and security. It is estimated that construction alone will have generated over 30,000 jobs by 2012.
You don’t necessarily need to be experienced to get an event job. Large events often cater for work experience placements. And where better to gain experience than at an exciting event – the 2012 Olympics in particular will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many Brits.
Getting involved in an event like the Olympics or a major festival will look great on your CV. And what’s more, it will naturally open doors to similar events which occur all year round, and the following year too.
In some cases, the event organisers themselves will handle the recruitment processes. The majority of the time however, it is outsourced by event management companies or independent specialists. Most event websites will have information on what event jobs they have available directly.
If you’re looking to get started, try these –
Olympic Games – http://locogrecruitment.london2012.com/jobs/main
Wimbledon – http://aeltc2010.wimbledon.org/en_GB/about/guide/employment.html
Due to the nature of large events, always be prepared to be flexible. If you’re looking for a nine-to-five gig then this might not be for you. Above all, remember that working at these kinds of events is all about the experience and enjoying yourself.
Networking can also prove successful. Joining message boards and forums is a great way to keep up-to-date with event jobs. Naturally, keeping an eye on our site is also an excellent way to find out what’s available.
So, if you’ve been involved in a large event, or if you’d like some further advice, please let us know below.