Spotlight on…Amy Standen

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Spotlight on…is a unique look at individuals from Venues and Events International providing insight into their daily roles and why they have a passion for the meetings and events industry. Here is our latest Spotlight on…Amy Standen, Junior Conference Planning Executive.

How long have you been at Venues and Events International?

I started in April of this year so just over 3 months now!

What would you say is your favourite venue or destination?

I haven’t seen a whole lot but my favourite at the moment is definitely De Vere Tortworth Park, I spent my birthday there with my boyfriend and it’s beautiful!

What made you want to become a Junior Conference Planning Executive?

I’ve always wanted to work in events, I love organising and planning things and seeing them through from start to finish. Seeing the end result working so perfectly and hearing everyone’s feedback from something you put your heart and soul into brings me so much joy. All I ever wanted from a job is to be happy and love what I’m doing and I finally feel like I’m doing that!

What is your biggest highlight of your career so far?

I haven’t been in this career for long but the fact that I’ve come from no experience at all and this company were willing to take a chance on me is amazing.

Can you describe a typical day of your job?

There is no typical day in this industry! You can have a plan one minute and then it totally goes out the window! You’ve gotta stay on your toes and I love it!

What’s been your biggest challenge to date?

I had a very specific and seemingly impossible task to source a venue to allow a cooking class, close to a park and pub and for £500! It took me all day but I found two brilliant options!

What top tip would you give to anyone coming into the industry?

Just be passionate. If you don’t love this industry then you will struggle, although we get a fair few perks there is also a LOT of hard work that goes in to each day.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I try not to think too far in the future and my career has only just begun so I’m more than happy in my role at the moment but I’d definitely like to move over to the events team at some stage!

What gives you that #FridayFeeling?

There’s always a buzz in the office on a Friday! Everyone is feeling accomplished from their hard working week and looking forward to their weekend plans!