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Next Generation

Just starting out in the MICE industry? We've all been there and know how challenging it can be!

Here at The Meetings Show, we want to help event industry newcomers build their networks, learn from industry heavyweights and forge their own career paths. So, in partnership with Event First Steps, we created a dedicated programme at 2023's show, for students and individuals looking to get into our wonderful industry.


Thursday 29 June - agenda

2:45 pm - Arrive at the entrance to the show
3:00 pm - Meet and greet with our Event Director, Jack Marczewski
3:30 pm - Guided exhibitor tour
4:15 pm - Event First Steps education session
5:00 pm - Event closes
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Networking drinks

mia Student Membership

The Meetings Industry Association will unveil its newly created student membership at The Meetings Show. Designed to offer students a launch pad into the meetings and events sector. This new membership category will include a wealth of resources, support and opportunities to kickstart a successful career.

This membership will be open to students in full or part-time education, apprentices and individuals studying at a college or at university.

Learn more about student membership and what it will include at the launch event on 29th June at 3.30pm at the mia Pavilion. The team will be on-hand to answer any questions and share the student value proposition.

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Education session: Jumpstarting your career in events

Thursday 29 June - Innovate/Inspire stage

Our panel will be discussing how aspiring professionals can launch their careers in events. They will cover topics such as identifying your strengths and interests, networking, building a portfolio, and making the most of practical industry experience opportunities.

Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, this panel will provide valuable insights, guidance and advice on getting ahead. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the skills and qualities needed to succeed in the events industry, as well as practical advice on how to get started on the path to a successful career. 


Gemma Gilbert, Operations Executive - Clarion Events

Jaishree Davatwal, Account Manager Experiential Events - Backlash

Osariemen Osarenmwinda - Recent Event Management Grad


At Event First Steps, our focus is always on the next generation of event professionals entering the industry - and the one objective that underpins all our content is to help bring people in and up. By doing this, we create opportunities and strengthen the knowledge and talent of the industry as a whole. The key areas that we work for change within are:

Routes to industry
Better harmony between academia and industry will allow for graduates with more understanding and skills, and an industry with a stronger entry level workforce.

Visibility of entire industry
A bigger understanding of the many job options available will allow an events career to be taken more ‘seriously’ - and widen the talent pool.

Diversity of industry
From the top down, our sector is represented by a small group so wildly different from the vibrant workforce that they are lobbying for.