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Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management (2016)
Diploma of Event Management (2016)

The transition from high school to university is not always seamless. For Bree, she always knew her goal was to complete tertiary education and, after graduating from high school, she went on to study criminology at university but she did not have the best experience.

She said, “Looking back, this was not the right course for me. On my first day, I messaged my mum and told her, this is not going to last. I studied for 18 months and dropped out. I hated not knowing my teachers, being in a large lecture hall and not being accounted for. If I didn’t turn up to class, no one would notice. I hated being a number.”

Bree wanted to continue her studies so she did her research and came to the idea of studying events. She met Box Hill Institute teacher Simon Carlile at an information night and he convinced her to study a dual diploma. She hasn’t looked back since.

She said, “Box Hill Institute gave me the opportunity to enjoy studying again. I was enjoying the content, which pushed me to work harder and go the extra mile. I was back into the learning environment that I thrived in and I wanted to do well.”

During her studies, Bree took part in the Study Abroad program offered at Box Hill Institute, which turned out to be the highlight of my studies. She said, “The opportunity to do something like this in a 12 month course was incredible. Getting to work in the sport and recreation department at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary was something I will never forget.

“The opportunities and knowledge I gained from the three weeks were so invaluable and something I still reflect back on and use in my day to day and professional life now,” she said.

Bree advises students and recent graduates to believe in the value of networking. She said, “Get your name out there. For an industry like events, everyone knows each other, as it is a small community. Working hard and making a name for yourself is the biggest asset you can have. Pay attention to detail and go above and beyond to work hard at everything you do.”

Bree is currently the Athlete Services Coordinator at Fairfax Events and Entertainment (which has recently merged with Nine Entertainment), where she absolutely loves her job, her team, and the culture.