Five Ways the VMA Can Help Kickstart Your Career

Jul 11, 2024Blog

Are you approaching the end of your university journey studying events or tourism management?

Are you just starting out on your events and venue career path, or are you a young professional a few years into working?

At this point in your life, the excitement of stepping into or stepping up your professional career is tangible. For those passionate about the dynamic field of venue management, the Venue Management Association (VMA) offers an incredible platform to help you launch and accelerate your career.

Here are five ways the VMA can help kickstart your career:

  1. Gain a Community

Becoming a VMA Member means joining a vibrant community of industry professionals who share your passion for the venue and events industry. This collective of experts values the exchange of experience and knowledge, creating an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive.

  1. Expand Your Network

Networking and building industry relationships are the cornerstones of career success, and the VMA offers numerous opportunities to connect with industry professionals. At our After 5! Networking events, held annually across Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn from experienced colleagues while sharing valuable experiences. These events will provide a platform to connect with and learn from industry expert keynote speakers, and other professionals in the area, while also providing insightful behind-the-scenes tours at iconic venues.

  1. One-on-one Mentorship

One of the most valuable benefits of VMA Membership is the VMA Quayclean Mentor Program. This program pairs you with seasoned industry professionals who will share their knowledge, skills, and insights through a one-on-one professional relationship. As a mentee, you’ll gain invaluable support and guidance for taking the next steps on your career path. Along with unparalleled advice guiding your career progression, the connections you make can benefit you throughout your entire career.

  1. Tailored Education & Training

The VMA is committed to your professional development. As a Member, you’ll have access to premium educational and training programs tailored specifically for the venue industry. The starting point of this comprehensive suite of programs is the Professional Development (PD) Workshops—half-day immersive sessions designed for operational and frontline staff, as well as aspiring managers. These workshops will enhance your skill set, providing practical tools and insights that can be immediately applied in your role. Rather than being theory-based, these Workshops equip you with first-hand knowledge and practical case studies, taught by professionals working in the events industry.

Start with PDs and work your way up to the prestigious Venue Management School (VMS) which provides a bigger picture of where your role sits within the venue. From event managers, finance, asset management, customer service to commercial and sponsorship, all roles work together to complement each other in executing events.

  1. Access Exclusive Job Opportunities & Stay Updated with Industry News

Staying informed about industry trends and opportunities is crucial as you start your career. VMA Membership provides access to E-News publications and our bi-weekly Member E-newsletter. Additionally, you’ll receive a complimentary subscription to Australasian Leisure Management Magazine, delivered six times annually, keeping you updated on the latest industry news.

You’ll also have exclusive access to industry job advertisements and tailored job opportunities through the Venue Jobs board and industry connections within the VMA community. This can significantly enhance your job search and career progression, ensuring you find the right opportunities to match your skills and aspirations.

How to Join the VMA?

For venue professionals under the age of 30, the VMA offers a special Young Professional Membership at just $104.50 per year. This Membership gives you access to the full range of VMA benefits, including all education, training, networking, industry news, and mentorship opportunities. It’s an affordable way to invest in your future or kickstart your career with the support of a leading industry association.

Click here to join today! 

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