Exhibition News September 2018 - Page 19

MY WORKING LIFE JAMILA ALHASSAN The assistant event manager at Manchester Central on learning new languages, being rushed off her feet and a last minute leap into events I was originally born in Tema, a city in Ghana, before moving to a small town in France called Angouleme when I was six. Then at the age of 12 I moved and settled in Leeds. I came to Manchester to start my degree in events management and although I moved back to Leeds for a year. I just couldn’t stay way! I have always been academically focused and wanted to excel in school. I think, I took my Mum’s ‘Education is key’ chants a little too seriously. However my peers, teachers and lecturers alike have always described me as a ‘very bubbly’, ‘energetic’ and ‘sassy’ person! The latter, probably, to compensate the fact that for years on end I was always learning a new language. Jam was my nickname throughout secondary school and still is. Many people however do not know that those are actually my initials; I think most people think it’s just short for Jamila. Now, I have heard many variations of my name including ‘Jammy’ ‘Jamalam’ ‘Jammy doughnut’ – you name it! 19 I was actually meant to go study psychology in Nottingham. I’d received my grades, had been accepted onto the course and was good to go. However, after two years of being the event organiser on my Sixth Form Social Committee, I changed my mind at the very last minute and decided to go into events. I got a real buzz from watching people have fun at the events I’d organised and that’s when I decided I wanted a career in the industry. As much as it can be exhausting, I like being rushed off my feet. I like to be busy and having to be organised, but the best thing is getting positive feedback from delegates and clients after a successful event. Each event is so very different and they all bring a different feel! When I’m not working, I like to see family and friends as much as possible. Go on walks in the country and EAT. The latter is definitely my favourite pastime. My last holiday was to Edinburgh on a romantic getaway with my partner; we basically walked a lot, went to comedy clubs, jazz nights and, of course, ate a lot. EN exhibitionnews.co.uk | September 2018