Megan Bloomfield: Senior Events Coordinator, Napier War Memorial Conference Centre

Megan Bloomfield has worked her way up the ladder to become Senior Conference Coordinator at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre.

What made you want to work in this industry?
I always wanted a career working with people and a job that gave me opportunities to travel and experience new cultures - what better industry than tourism to achieve those aspirations. I studied and worked hard towards my goal. I started in hotels and worked my way up the ladder. I got the role of Senior Conference Coordinator here at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre when I came back to Hawkes Bay four years ago.

What training path are you currently on, and how far have you to go before you finish?
In 2008, I completed the National Diploma in Tourism Conventions and Incentives (Level 5) through workplace training with *ServiceIQ.

Anyone who works in the industry will tell you the job is not as glamorous as it seems. To produce an amazing event and exceed client expectations is very hard work. Every piece of the puzzle needs to fit together behind the scenes for the event to run smoothly. This is where workplace training comes in. We can gain qualifications from drawing on our day to day experiences on the job. Our events are real case studies that puts the learning into context.

What is the best part of working in Conferences and Incentives sector?
There are so many opportunities. Every day is different. You can be working on a funeral one day and a huge conference for a large corporate company the next day. I enjoy the diversity and challenges this career offers.

What has been the biggest challenge to reaching your goals?
Juggling 12-hour days, back-to-back events and personal study!

Where do you see your future in the sector?
I would like to use my passion for the sector in a marketing capacity. I can see myself promoting the products and services of a large hotel or conference/events centre.

*1 January 2013 the Aviation, Tourism and Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO), the Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) and Retail Institute (RI) merged, transforming into ServiceIQ - the service-based Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the aviation, tourism, travel, retail, wholesale and hospitality industries.