Event Workforce to Race Directors Assistant at The Color Run
Former Event Workforcer, Oli Sims has scored his dream job working at The Color Run as a Race Directors Assistant. Since joining EW, Oli has worked 45+ events from his very first event being The Color Run in Newcastle.
Could you please share your career pathway?
I found it difficult when leaving school to decide exactly on what I wanted to become or study. I decided to study a Bachelor of Project Management at RMIT in Melbourne, which was based mainly on the construction industry, however was still broad enough to allow other avenues to be taken. One class included in my course looked into the different types of project management; ranging from science to hotels to construction. Within one of the classes, an individual from SuperSprint events spoke about the London Olympics and also the Gatorade Triathlon Series. I approached him after his presentation to discuss opportunities where he gave me his business card and was able to offer me some casual work.
What does your day-to-day role at The Color Run involve?
My role at The Color Run is Race Directors Assistant. Within this role I am part of the race execution team, which solely focuses on how the events are set up, operated and packed down. I am personally responsible for organising suppliers, such as food vendors, generator hire and heavy machinery rental, and ensuring that we have quotes a couple weeks out from the event to ensure we can lock them in. Besides this I am always looking into new venues as well as updating our current courses for future events, ensuring they meet the expectations of our participants.
What did you love about Event Workforce?
Event Workforce is able to provide a world of opportunities; it enables individuals to have an insight into the event industry, not just into one particular aspect. I love how one week you can be working an operations shift at Red Bull and next week be working on an activation handing out promotional items. The variety in shifts offered by Event Workforce allows individuals to explore what career avenues of the Event Industry they wish to undertake whilst also providing opportunities to meet future employers along the way.
What was your favourite EW event you worked at?
I honestly love working on The Color Run events. They provide a fun and enjoyable experience to all involved, not just competitors but staff and volunteers. These events provide individuals who may not have necessarily been involved in a run/fun run before to be introduced in a colourful and playful manner. There is no better feeling then knowing you have been a part of brightening up someone’s weekend by organising and running these events.
What advice would you give to students & graduates who aspire to be where you are today?
The best thing you can do in the events industry is to show initiative and be proactive whilst working. Try to go above and beyond what is expected and don’t be afraid to ask questions no matter how silly you think they are. Although it may seem that nobody actually takes notice all the time there is always someone watching and his or her opinion may get you in the door. Another important aspect to events is energy and having the ability to throw yourself out there, even if it’s not your normal self. Be a little bit inventive, have some fun and most of all enjoy the job.