Christine Kotsis

Business Development Manager, ExpoNet

Like many school leavers, Christine admits she was open to considering her career options. After speaking with a school careers advisor, she enrolled in an events management course because she ‘loved the sound of it’, and with plenty of opportunity to try out a few roles, now she couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. Christine attributes her early success to some good advice, which put her on the path to figuring out what she really wanted to do.

When I finished that course, I had great advice from a recruiter, who had told me, “Pick a company that you can see yourself progressing in. It might not be an ideal role or where you would want to be, but you can work towards your goals.” She suggested trying to find a receptionist job to learn who the key clients are that are calling through to the business.

Starting in a reception role, I wasn’t involved in anything to do with events or exhibitions in the beginning. I enjoyed sales and quickly rose through the ranks. Even though I’ve been in the same role for five years, I can’t see myself getting tired of it because this role has evolved for me.

When I started, I was quoting smaller events. And then, as I built up my experience, I started working on international business and dealing with larger scale events. After a while there were opportunities for international travel too.  I wouldn’t have had those opportunities in the beginning.

I’m now also involved in other aspects of the business because of my long experience with the company. I have a business development executive reporting to me and I head up the company’s StyleMe Division, for styling events and exhibitions.

Christine’s advice for anyone interested in a career in exhibitions and events:

Participate in some form of study and don’t be afraid to learn as you go. I find the events industry so versatile. If you’ve got the drive for sales, then you’ll love this role. If you like working in a fast-paced industry and in a very busy working environment, like I do, then, it’s definitely the best role for that.

 

“Things change from one day to the next. One day I could be in the office submitting proposals, the next day, I might be entertaining clients, and the next day, travelling internationally for an event. It’s impossible to get bored of this role.”