James Eynon ….. ‘You’re hired!’
James Eynon, an event management student at Southampton Solent University, will walk straight into a new job after graduating with multi-award winning Team Building and Corporate Event organisers’ Bluehat Group.
James was offered his exciting new role after an outstanding performance in the final of The Eventice, a national event management graduate recruitment competition where finalists compete for a job.
The announcement was made on the final day of the International Confex in London following three days of rigorous challenges where the fifteen finalists demonstrated their ability to multi task, organise, lead, project manage, negotiate, network and present. Their skills were assessed by a group of industry professionals.
When James learned that he and a second finalist, Bianca Ferreira had won a role with Bluehat Group he said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity to take part; to win is an added bonus. It’s nice to know that there is a job for you straight after university. Not many people have that chance.”
Speaking of the challenges the finalists were given James added: “They were difficult but really fun and fast-paced. It was a good opportunity to use the stuff we have learned over the last three years in a professional setting. The reason you go to University is to get to that position where you can find a job doing what you enjoy and clearly I’ve achieved this because I’ve got an amazing job to look forward to.”
Tim Shepley, CEO of Bluehat says: “The whole Bluehat team were really impressed with the standard of candidates at Eventice 2015. Bianca Ferreira and James Eynon were outstanding and we chose them both as winners because of their professionalism, attention to detail and willingness to go beyond the call of duty.”
Referring specifically to the Southampton Solent University student he adds: “James presented in an extremely positive, proactive and personable way and we know James will add real sparkle to our event solutions, in particular those that involve media, technology and live digital engagement.”
A second student at the University, Daniela Ribeira reached the semi-final of the competition.
The Eventice was devised by Liz Sinclaire, Director of ESP Recruitment in 2011. So far the competition has placed 17 students in jobs with the events industry.
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About Southampton Solent University
Southampton Solent University offers more than 23,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2014 poll of students. Solent Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and ‘gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).