I never thought it could turn into a career
60 seconds with Project Manager Ami-Louise Coleman
Hi Ami! Thanks for being our millennial of the month. What year were you born?
So that makes you 23 years old. Tell us about your professional journey so far.
I’ve always been keen on organising fundraising days and socials in college, but never thought it could turn into a career. I actually wanted to go into advertising, but after looking around at university courses, I opted for an Event Management degree.
However, it didn’t work out, uni life wasn’t for me. I wanted a hands-on experience and that’s when I found the apprenticeship at Bluehat Group. I started as Project Support and progressed to a Project Manager, it’s coming up to 4 years now!
What’s your next goal?
I’ve still got a lot to learn and look forward to what the future holds. Learning and growing both in my professional and personal development is a key focus on my journey. I would like to keep growing at Bluehat and progress to a Senior Project Manager role.
Do you have any advice for others aspiring to work in the events industry?
You need to be willing to think outside the box. It’s not your standard 09.00 – 17.00 job….you may be rushed off your feet at times, travelling around, and might even experience every possible emotion in a single day.
It’s a wonderful place of opportunity and potential, and you’ll meet so many different people. Come and join the craziness!
What’s your biggest mistake so far? (It’s ok, we won’t tell anyone…)
I went through a stage of worrying that clients/ colleagues may question my ability due to my age after a throw-away comment from someone. It stuck with me for a while which really affected my confidence; I was always doubting my decisions and even questioned whether I should change my role. However, I refocused, got back up and learnt from it.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given about leadership?
The following nugget of information was shared at one of our company meetings and stuck with me since (and is displayed on my desk):
Believe in them,
Share with them,
Being able to listen and being mindful of others is key!
What’s important to you?
Career security and progression, but also having a healthy work life balance. Family is extremely important and taking time to reconnect and appreciate what you have is essential.
What’s your favourite kind of fun? (keep it clean!)
My partner is extremely sporty and I was determined to outdo him with hobbies! There is never a dull moment and I’m always doing something, whether that’s going on long walks with the dogs, horse riding, singing or swimming… I love to bake as well (although it’s been a while since my last bake!).
Thanks for sharing Ami!