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Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley, BA (Hons) Event Management, placement at Millbrook Venues

Three words to describe your placement… Unique. Fun. Challenging.

Two tips for placement students… Build positive relationships. Don’t get complacent – always show enthusiasm.

Most satisfying… Running two large events. One was an exhibition, the other a product launch. Running these was really satisfying – it’s given me the experience to be an event manager when I graduate. It was my job to brief staff and manage all aspects of the events, ensuring the clients’ needs were met to a high standard.

Most enjoyable… I ran Aston Martin events and was given the opportunity to drive an Aston Martin Vanquish – on the Mile Straight, at 160mph! The professional driver then took me around the Alpine route. This is just one experience that’s been really fun – there have been loads more. I’m extremely grateful for this unique placement.

One example of how your course prepared you for the placement… The BU course is really practical. Planning and putting on a live event in my second year helped give me the skills and knowledge required for my placement.

Future career goals… I’d like to work on experiential events. I really enjoy events that create an impact on people and offer unique experiences. In my second year, I studied abroad in Macau, China – this was a great experience, as I love learning about different cultures. Working abroad would be fun, so I’m looking to work in international events.

Planning and putting on a live event in my second year helped give me the skills and knowledge required for my placement."