Our Sidekick community is made up of people from all walks of life. Their backgrounds, their passions and their stories are part of what makes them so good at what they do. Alistair is a seasoned events professional who worked as a lifeguard on his travels and has now scored a full time role from working with Sidekicker. See why he loves what he does here.
Where were you working before you started Sidekicking?
Before moving to Australia in 2017, I was finishing my degree in Events Management in the UK. Whilst studying, I worked as an Events Assistant for a creative communications agency, an Events Coordinator in a contemporary venue, and worked my way into management as a volunteer for various national competitions.
Tell us something unique about yourself
I love to travel. I have covered five continents so far including two summers living in the U.S. whilst working as a lifeguard, as well as city-hoping across Europe with my best friend. Bali and the Gili Islands is my next adventure later this month.
What was your first Sidekicker gig?
My first Sidekicker gig was part of the In-Room Dining team with Sofitel, ensuring the high standards of the hotel were upheld. My colleagues were really friendly and helpful, and I like that I was trusted to manage my own workload and take responsibility. It was a great opportunity to work for such a prestigious brand.
Coolest thing you’ve done at Sidekicker?
Recently I was tasked with managing the technology behind the silent auction at a large charity gala, with prizes including; artwork, luxury holidays and a brand new car! The event raised an incredible $400K for the School for Life Foundation, giving access to education in Ghana.
With a passion for events, especially those with such a powerful impact on others, it was nostalgic to get dressed up and be a part of the energetic atmosphere. Again, the team were very accommodating and I was given the opportunity to demonstrate initiative whilst enjoying the evening.
What was your first job?
At the eager age of 16 I threw myself into the working world, managing a small candy shop in my hometown. Interacting with the public all day really helped to boost my confidence and became the roots to my future success.
What do you hope to do in the future?
When I move back to the UK I am looking forward to returning to working in events. I plan to use my degree and newly diversified skills in an operational role for a creative events agency; working on pop-ups, conferences, awards ceremonies and incentive travel for an array of clients.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
Before I discovered the wonder of the events industry, I wanted to be a photographer. I studied photography for a short time, although it is not my career now my creative side still remains. It is a great skill when it comes to working in marketing, designing communications and developing innovative solutions to client briefs.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to be a Sidekick?
Give it your all! Promote your skills and experience on your profile and turn up to every shift prepared and motivated. Build a relationship with your colleagues and managers, you never know what it could lead to – a fun shift, new friends, or even a full time role.
I now work full-time in Business Development for a financial and legal company off the back of one Sidekicker job. They are a small company and I really invested myself in getting to know the business and building rapport with everyone in the office. They saw the value in my experience, a hard-working attitude and an ability to suggest improvements to help the company grow – and the rest is history.
Why do you love what you do?
I love that Sidekicker brings endless opportunities. No two jobs are the same, and with that comes the chance to gain new skills and further your career.