The 2015 EEAA Young Stars Program Survey was designed to better understand the views of young people in the exhibition and event industry – what drives them, their future goals and how the EEAA Young Stars program can assist them reach their full potential.
The results were both optimistic and constructive, with over 87% of respondents indicating they intend on making a career in the industry. While career objectives varied significantly, 100% of respondents said there were opportunities for them to achieve these objectives while working in the exhibition and events sector.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said that young members were attracted to the exhibition sector because it was an exciting, ever-changing, diverse and innovative industry.
“It was encouraging to see that all survey respondents recognised opportunities within industry to grow, develop and achieve their professional goals with most looking to make their career in exhibitions and events.”
Ms DiMascio said the EEAA Young Stars Program aims to build a community of under 35 year olds in the exhibition and event industry. The program provides a platform to share their views, ideas and experiences, and gives them a bigger voice in the work of the Association and the future of the industry.
“The EEAA Young Stars see the program as a valuable part of their professional development and the survey has identified additional areas where the Association can focus future training and mentoring opportunities.” she said.
The release of the survey follows EEAA’s first Young Stars & Leaders Table for 2016 in Melbourne recently. The EEAA Young Stars gathered at Food & Desire venue, Aerial, to hear from Minnie Constan, the Director of Fine Food.
Minnie is Event Director of Fine Food exhibitions for Diversified Communications Australia and joined the EEAA Young Stars to share her knowledge on what it takes to create a successful exhibition, and what you can do to progress and succeed professionally.
She is one of the leading women in exhibitions and oversees the $8 million premier food industry events, which have more than 1000 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors.
“Minnie spoke with passion and her advice was to ‘just say yes’ to new opportunities. She also said it was important to have challenges, make mistakes and overcome them with confidence.” said EEAA Young Star Committee Member, Monica Chinsami, AFI Branding.
“I enjoyed listening to Minnie and learning about where she started and the things that drive her. Just say yes! You never know where it will take you.” Young Stars Member, Carly Molnar, ExpoNet.
EEAA was honoured to have Minnie as our first Leader in the 2016 Young Stars & Leaders Table series and thanked Member Venue, Aerial, for their support.