Jessica - Major Events
  • Last updated:
  • 07 Feb 2017

After coming home from living in the USA for a year on exchange and coming to the end of my undergraduate degree at USC I was looking for my first full time job. I knew that I wanted to stay on the coast but had always been unsure that appropriate work could be found to validate me staying. While searching I found the internship opportunity through Seek, the council website and through a lecturer at USC. After deciding to apply I found out that one of my close friends had completed the program the previous year and greatly recommended it.

When I came in for my interview I thought I had really messed up. It was during a very busy period at Uni and in my personal life, I had to leave the interview to set up an event at Uni and run it for the afternoon. When I was offered the position I was very pleased as I knew this would be a great entry level job to get my foot in the door.

My role within the council was to develop a program to allow SCC to help event promoters grow their events on the Sunshine Coast. This involved working with an external research consultant as well as the event promoters to develop a program to help reoccurring major events grow after an incredible year of major events in 2016. 

I have been so lucky to be a part of the Economic Development team, I am so grateful for all the wonderful people in my office that have always been so helpful and friendly. A special thanks to my ‘buddy’ Stacey, without her I would have had a totally different experience. I also was so lucky to have such a great supervisor and mentor in Nick, his knowledge and experience in both the private and government sectors really gave me a great insight throughout my placement. My placement wasn’t entirely what I expected (not sure what I did expect though!) but I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful team and really challenge myself over my first summer after Uni. I have broadened my skills and applied some of my studies and experience with my time in the office.