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2018 Careers Insights
Program has recently been
held in Melbourne and
Adelaide to great acclaim by the educators
and students. Programs in Perth and
Sydney will be held in September and
This program is designed to offer students
the opportunity to network with event
professionals as well as sign up for work
opportunities in a variety of events. Students
learn first-hand from experienced
practitioners about the practicalities of
working in the events industry – providing
knowledge and direction to better prepare
for their careers in this diverse and
The future of our industry will lie in the hands
of those who are studying event
management and other aligned courses.
MEA recognises and embraces its leadership
role in ensuring that students are well
MEA CEO Robyn Johnson says the association is working hard
to ensure the future of the business event sector is secure.
informed on the opportunities and career paths available to them in the years ahead.
The Melbourne Careers Insights program was held at the Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Centre and attended by more than 170 students. To add an interesting element to
the program, MEA introduced a ball pit to encourage the students and the educators to have
fun and explore how adding play to learning, even as adults, encourages creativity and
objectivity in thinking.
Research by Lynn Barnett, professor of recreation, sport and tourism at the University of
Illinois, says play is important in adulthood because of its therapeutic benefits. Play has been
found to speed up learning, enhance productivity and increase job satisfaction. It can also
enhance team bonding and communications.
Play is a basic human need, essential to our wellbeing like sleep and a good diet. Therefore,
is seems sensible that the concept of play is being developed and included in conference
programs. Evidence suggests that people learn more during those sessions that have an
element of fun.
Sarah Hegarty, one of the MEA VIC organisers of Careers Insights, found that the inclusion of
the ball pit added a new dimension to the event and was a big hit with the students. Not only
was it a bit of fun but also a great way to encourage participation.
The ball pit was also great metaphor, emulating the workplace and how in a pool of
thousands you need to differentiate yourself from the others. Ultimately, Career Insights is
all about sharing stories and hot tips and providing students with the tools to set them up
for success. m
Robyn Johnson can contacted on RJohnson@mea.org.au. Visit www.meetingsevents.com.au.
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eld at the impressive Gold
Coast Convention and
Exhibition Centre, the event
drew visitors from all over
Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Attendees had the opportunity to
participate in more than 30 educational
sessions, workshops and learning labs over
two days and hear from a line-up of more
than 60 experts in their respective fields.
They also connected with around 60
suppliers in the exhibition space and
networked with colleagues during the various
The 13th annual Associations Forum National Conference
had plenty of take-homes for attendees.
GC CONFERENCE A HIT
conference functions including a first-timers and solo attendees session, welcome drinks, a
CEO networking breakfast, special interest group workshops and the conference dinner. Gold
Members and VIPs were treated to an exclusive dinner, hosted by Tourism New Zealand, at the
exquisite Dust Temple in Currumbin.
The strong line-up of speakers included opening keynotes Troy Williams, CEO of the
Australasian Dental Industry Association and Sally Loane, CEO of the Financial Services
Council. Mr Williams delivered an engaging look at how he and his team have employed
resilience to deliver results to their association. He was followed by Ms Loane’s perspectives on
her diverse career portfolio and how she has managed the transitions along the way.
The conference dinner at Sea World Resort & Conference Centre was once again one of the
highlights for delegates and saw the presentation of the Association AwardsTM2018 & new
inductees into the Associations Hall of FameTM.
Next year’s conference is July 15-16, 2019, at the National Convention Centre Canberra. m
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