Student Profile: Beth Ann Phillips, Fredericton Campus

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Thanks for meeting us today Beth Ann! Let’s start with a bit of background on you. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, and how you became interested in event planning? 

I am from Moncton, New Brunswick. I took a year off after high school before I started the Event & Promotions Management program at CAT. I have been planning events since I can remember. From surprise birthday parties, to week-long trips with friends, to week-long children’s camps. I got the overall idea of taking event planning and pursuing it as a career because of a really cheesy reason. I had been watching the television series “The Hills,” and there is a was a girl on there named Heidi. I thought that her job was amazing because she assisted in planning events. I then realized that people could actually do that for a living.

What led you to pursue this program in particular?

I was actually planning on going to a university out west to take business to have the end goal of becoming an event planner. I was having dinner with one of my friends and telling her about my plans, and she had told me about CAT in Halifax and how it had a one-year event-planning course that her friend was taking. She gave me the website and a little bit of information about the school. I looked it up when I got home and realized that there were three campuses and there was conveniently one in Fredericton, where some of my family lives. I chose to go to the campus in Fredericton because of lower costs of living expenses because it was closer to home and I could stay with family while I was taking the program.

What have been some of the highlights of the program for you so far?

I have been in the program for about four months and I am loving it! The highlights right now would be the great teachers that I have, because they have so much knowledge about the business itself from experience, which is great! Our class got to organize the school holiday party, which was a fifties theme school dance with dinner, called Jingle Bell Rock. Right now we are working on our winter carnival that we will be holding mostly at the school that involves a different theme everyday with food and prizes.

Have any particular classes or instructors stuck out to you?

The instructors are all great here! They all have so much knowledge! There is however, one instructor who has really stuck out to me. Ms. Nixon teaches two of my classes this term, and she taught one last term. I always look forward to going to her classes because she has a great way of keeping the students engaged to what she is doing. She has a great ability of making even the boring, dry subjects that we have to cover interesting.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Honestly, I have not a clue as to what I am going to do after I graduate. That is the beauty of this program. There are SO many options to do in event planning – it’s crazy! I change my mind all of the time, but as of right now, I want to either work down south for a year at a resort, possibly work at a zoo – planning all of the programs there, or maybe in the music industry being a manager or planning big festivals.

What advice would you offer somebody who is interested in an event planning career?

The advice that I would offer to someone who is possibly planning on taking an event planning program would be that there is so many options when you take this route in business. Honestly, I have learned that you could literally go anywhere with this training, from working on a film production to working on a cruise ship. It gives you so many options to choose from and you can go so far with this program under your belt.

Thanks for chatting with us today Beth Ann!

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