When we asked our members what they value most out of their membership with the AEO, the top response from member employees below C-Suite level was the many opportunities they get to learn and develop their knowledge and ultimately their careers by being a member.
AEO partners with Exhibition News magazine on the 30 under thirty initiative which aims to nurture talented rising stars in the industry. 30 under Thirty gives these bright and dynamic young professionals a platform from which to voice what they like about the industry, what they would like to change and how they can make a difference.
Event, marketing, operations and sales professionals
Events such as the AEO Forums are excellent opportunities for learning the latest principles related to the day job, delivered by experts both from within and beyond the events industry.
AEO also runs online training under the Leaders of Tomorrow initiative which was launched by the Talent Working Group to support personal development.
To celebrate all the hard work that takes place across the year, there are a number of AEO Excellence Awards that reward talent such as the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, Organiser Team of the Year and Unsung Hero awards.
Board level directors
Events such as the CEO Summit, International Dinners and annual AEO Conference provide opportunities for senior directors to meet with like-minded individuals and hear from guest speakers on a range of hot topics, developing markets, technologies and growth strategies.
If you are a new member, there is an opportunity for senior directors to be mentored by directors in member organisations you aspire to be like in some way, shape or form.
Talent Working Group
The AEO Talent Working Group was set up to share best practice and find solutions to challenges surrounding talent management. This may be training and career development, recruitment concerns, improving skills and cross-functional working practices or discussing equality in the workplace. Members have found that sharing experiences has been extremely beneficial so far.
In addition to the above, the Talent Working Group has launched the Talent Hub where job seekers can get a flavour of what it's like to work in the industry. For people wondering how to get into the industry, there's the Start Your Career page. Members are also able to post job vacancies on the AEO Recruitment Page.