IUBH graduates report
Fun, ambition and motivation are key
My father is a composer, which meant that starting at a very early age I went to a lot of different events on a regular basis. I've always liked the idea of giving guests a unique experience, so after finishing upper secondary school I decided to study Event Management at the IUBH. Since graduation I have been working at VIR - Verband Internet Reisevertrieb, the German internet travel marketing association, and as Senior Project Manager am now responsible for organising some of the largest events for the online tourism industry. Additional responsibilities include VIR Innovation Days and other industry events.
Through my work at VIR my area of expertise has expanded beyond event management: my routine includes preparing and collating specialist topics in the online tourism industry - an exciting, growing and promising industry. As Project Manager my work involves informing association members about developments in the field and working closely with partners of the association. The chance to focus intensely on issues confronting the online tourism sector is fantastic. As a "pure" event manager it is unlikely that I would have this opportunity..
I profit most from the social skills I acquired at the IUBH. Knowledge and understanding of professional project management also helps me in my day-to-day work. This is one of the reasons why I am involved with promoting young talent at the IUBH. For example, I inform students about the career opportunities in online tourism and give lectures at informational conventions and trade shows. With our innovation competition called "Springboard", we also encourage start-ups from the online tourism sector.
I think it is important to have fun on the job. A certain amount of ambition and motivation is also necessary, because in general, a 9-5 job cannot be expected. Most online tourism companies function according to the premise "work hard, party hard".
Graduate of International Event Management 2010