Did you know that Seneca Fashion offers a certificate in Event Management; Event and Exhibit Design? Meet Michelle Nicol, a graduate from the first year the program was offered! We are so proud of what she has been able to accomplish over the past two years and look forward to watching her continued success – enjoy!
Full name: Michelle Nicol, CERP
Program: Event Management; Event & Exhibit Design
Grad Year: 2006
Current Position: Account Manager, Festival Specialist (Higgins Event Rentals)
What is your favorite Seneca memory?
My favorite Seneca memory has to be working on the Design Exchange Gala with my classmates and professors. It was such a gorgeous venue and great opportunity to work on an event from inception to completion. Another memory, which is perhaps more of a lesson that I still look back at and laugh at to this day. During a group project where we had to design a tabletop, one of my classmates was adamant on using a feather boa as a centerpiece and one of the judges said it looked like roadkill. Needless to say, we didn’t do so well on that project. Lesson learned: follow your design instinct and never put feathers in a centerpiece! If something does not go your way, get back up and try again. We learn from our mistakes.
If you could give one piece of advice to a student completing the same program as you, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to get out there, introduce yourself and make a name for yourself! The competition is stiff in the Event Industry; you have to stand out, be relatable and friendly. People will remember how you made them feel, not necessarily what you did for them.
How has your career evolved?
I have grown tremendously in my profession and have really made “rental” a lifelong career, which I love! Sitting on multiple committees for local, national and international industry-related associations keeps me busy and involved in the ever-evolving event industry. I have recently been recognized with an award for Rental Person of the Year and have been named a “Top 10 Under 40” for the American Rental Association! I continue to write articles for industry associated publications and am one of few CERP (Certified Event Rental Professionals) in Canada.
How did your Seneca program help you get to where you are now/your current career?
I was referred to a large local rental company by one of their greatest customers, who was also a professor of mine at Seneca College. Upon graduation, I accepted a position with them and my career has grown since then.
Do you have any other thoughts or memories you would like to share?
Be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios!