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Student Interviews

The Academy Google Hangouts are a chance for our students to chat with a tutor live on air and give a great insight into what life is like as an Academy student. It is great publicity for our students and a chance to talk about what it is they are trying to achieve, their business, or their job in the events industry.

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The Business of Weddings Podcast Show

The Business of Weddings Podcast show is available on iTunes and is hosted by several of the staff at the Academy. Each podcast brings you an up close and personal interview with a different expert within the wedding and event industry to help you learn from those already out there enjoying success.

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Academy Inspire April 2017

So we are already a quarter of the way through 2017. Some year’s winter can feel so long, for me this year there has been so much going on it has flown by. I think part of the reason for that is that I have been pushing projects forward in my personal and professional life and that has kept me focussed and excited for the future.

I am having a kitchen extension and whilst it has been a little more disruption in the short term, I am so excited to see it all come together I know it will be worth it. I have been very happy to work around the noise and interruptions because this is something I have planned to do for so long and finally I can see it happening before my eyes rather than dreaming about it.

So my thought for you now is what will excite you over the coming months, and help get you closer to achieving your aims?

Having builders in your home 5 days a week is a challenge, especially as I have an office here too. Dealing with the extra questions and decisions does take up part of my day and inevitably evenings, but I have a clear picture of our family using the new space and all the stress is forgotten.

It is likely that to make your dreams become reality you will have to go through some form of disruption, adjustment is inevitable and we should view it positively if we are going to make progress.

If you invest your time wisely you should be able to enjoy the new developments and look ahead to your new career feeling excited to see where the journey takes you. So what will you plan for the next 3 months, set some targets and embrace the changes.

Weddings in Melbourne – A Field Trip

You asked for it and we are delivering, a special field trip in Melbourne celebrating some of Melbourne’s fabulous Venues and Wedding locations and taking in the experience of One Fine Day.
This tour is ideal for anyone wanting to gain some practical experience of conducting Site Inspections for Weddings, learn more about Garden Weddings and explore One Fine Day with us. This field trip has been organised for our Students and Graduates, but anyone considering study with the Academy, who would like to meet us, is welcome to join us for Cocktails.  Please phone 1300 854 200 to register your interest as a non-Student.
Your host is Christine Ligthart – Director of Education for the International Academy of Wedding & Event Planning and Academy Tutor. Christine is also the Director of I Do Crew and Co-Founder of Styled Images.

Day 1 – Friday 5th May
Our afternoon commences with a tour of one of Melbourne’s newest and most sophisticated Wedding & Event Venues, the Glasshouse. We then walk across to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens where Garden Wedding experts Denise and Peter of the Wedding Zone, will be our guides. In this session you will have an opportunity to view the Gardens through the eyes of two people who have been working within them as Wedding professionals for years.  You will also have the opportunity to ask lots of questions to extend your understanding of the rules and restrictions of working in the Gardens and the tricks of the trade, to ensure smooth bump in’s and outs and weddings that go off, without a hitch and comply to council regulations.
From the Gardens we will board our bus for the short trip to the Atlantic Group at Dockside, where we will explore 4 of their iconic and extremely popular event spaces; Peninsula, Maia, Sumac and Sketch. During our Bus Trip we will share a glass of bubbly and divulge our tips for doing Site Inspections, so that when we arrive, you are ready to walk into the Venue with the eyes of a Wedding Planner and actually carry out a Site Inspection yourself.
The afternoon will include with cocktails (venue you to be confirmed).  Students and Graduates not able to attend the field trip, are welcome to join us for cocktails.
Day 1 Schedule
12.15 pm   Meet at the Glasshouse for a 12.30pm start.  Please review this map for location/parking.
  1.15 pm   Short walk to the Gardens
  1.30 pm   Wedding Garden Experts Denise and Pete share their secrets/Gardens Bus Tour
  2.45 pm   Travel to the Atlantic Group by Bus, past Gardens House
  3.30 pm   Explore the 4 Atlantic Group Event Spaces
  4.30 pm   Cocktails – venue to be announced
*We will assist with coordinating transport back to Olympic Park for anyone with a car parked there.
The cost of this event is $50 + GST.  To register/pay Email Christine.  Numbers are strictly limited for the Venue Tours to 10.
Day 2 – Saturday 6th May
On Saturday the Academy will be heading to One Fine Day Melbourne.  Entry to this event is at your own cost and you can purchase your tickets here.  We will be meeting Students and Graduates at the entry at 10am and conducting a walking tour through One Fine Day for approx. 60 minutes; so we can explore together. You are then welcome to enjoy the Fair at your leisure.  Please RSVP to join the walking tour.
Students/Graduates who would like to gain work experience at the Fair are invited to apply to work behind the scenes of the Runway Shows.  For more information about this experience contact me.
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Monday Motivation – Take Time to Chill

Here at the Academy we often talk about the importance of hard work, striving for your goals and managing your time. But it is equally important to take much needed breaks and take time out from work or study to relax and recuperate. It is important to strike some form of work-life balance that works for you to keep your mind, body and soul healthy, thus making the work you do do more focussed and productive. So today we want you to look at your schedule and ensure you take time to chill; whether it is starting the day with an invigorating workout, ending it with some meditation or just taking out 20 minutes to walk the dog. You will find that when you sit down at your desk you will be more refreshed and motivated to get working.
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Running a Wedding and Events Design Studio

In this week’s student interview I sat down with Sydney based student Aileen Hookins who recently graduated from the Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design from our Australian Academy Campus.
Aileen is incredibly focused and organised and I could certainly learn a thing or two from her in that respect. She is also incredibly motivated and has already launched a business called Carmel loves Frank that is doing really well. She is busy and has plenty of work coming in through the door.
To find out how Aileen managed a young family alongside studying her diploma and launching a new business you need to watch the video below. To follow Aileen on social media you can use the links below:


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