A Day in the Life of – Luke Beisiegel

Luke is an Events Assistant at AE3 Media. Here, he tells us all about the day to day responsibilities of the role and managing work/life balance.

The Events Assistant at AE3 Media plays a crucial role in supporting the broader events team across the company’s extensive event portfolio. This involves active involvement in coordinating major events like The British Mortgage Awards, The British Mortgage & Protection Senate, and The Equity Release Awards. Additionally, there are opportunities to take charge of conference-style events such as the Later Life Lending Event and smaller, more intimate gatherings like supper clubs.

As a key point of contact for event sponsors, the role entails maintaining strong relationships and ensuring a seamless sponsorship process. It involves participating in menu tastings for dinners and awards, as well as conducting venue site visits nationwide. All these efforts are directed towards crafting the most distinctive and captivating events possible.

What does your morning routine look like? 

My morning routine varies based on the day. On event days such as The British Mortgage Awards, it involves a substantial amount of coffee and a flurry of activities to ensure timely arrivals of suppliers, seamless setup by the AV team, and clear communication within the internal team to guarantee the success of such a large-scale event. This is usually accompanied by a heightened sense of anticipation for the evening’s proceedings and multiple snacks to keep my energy up!

What does a typical afternoon look like?

In a standard afternoon, my schedule often revolves around multiple team catch-ups and focused attention on key ongoing projects. This may entail recording podcast episodes for our Diversity & Inclusivity Finance Forum podcast channel or participating in kick-off meetings for upcoming events, a process that consistently ignites the creative juices!

Simultaneously, a substantial part of my time is dedicated to liaising with external companies, ensuring all is on track according to our event timelines, meeting deadlines, and ensuring I have actioned anything vital to the success of our events.

What do you find to be your most productive time of the day?

I would definitely say my most productive time of the day is after lunch. I often work into the evening as I find the afternoon work flow extremely productive.

How do you manage your time to ensure you have a good work / life / home balance?

This is always the hardest part of working, however it is one of the most important. Although I often work into the evening, when I am home I like to spend time with my family and take the time to eat our evening meal together, more often than not, this involves catching up on some tv soaps or extremely important reality television.

What is your favourite part of your working day in your role?

I always like spending time with my colleagues, catching up on the week and chatting about our weekend plans always ignites some joy into the office. On top of this, I thoroughly enjoy my team meetings, this allows us to gain an understanding of what the broader team is working on and communicate effectively without any technical mishaps!

What does a typical dinner time look like in your household?

I usually arrive home after work just as dinner hits the table. After a speedy change into comfy clothes, I’m ready to kick back on the sofa, enjoying the delights of a homemade meal.

What do you do to unwind?

When I’m not at home binge-watching my current favourite TV series, you’ll find me socialising with my tight-knit group of friends, exploring various spots around London.

If you could give one piece of career advice what would it be?

A valuable piece of advice I’d share is to see mistakes as lessons and extract as much wisdom as possible from those around you. While mistakes can be a downer, don’t let them dampen your spirits; instead, let them shape you into a resilient professional!

How important has your support network been in helping you through your role?

Well, all I can say is that I wouldn’t be where I am without them. It took me a while to learn, but it is important to lean on your support network, whether it be in your personal or professional life. The boundary between work and life can sometimes become fuzzy, leading to stress buildup. In those moments, I rely on my support network to anchor me and bring everything back into perspective!

Does your job require a degree?

No. After completing GCSE’s and A levels, I decided not to go to university and instead begin my working life. I have had an interesting career so far, from a restaurant manager, to a cover teacher in an East London primary school, and now within the Events sector of the Mortgage Industry!

Although unconventional, I have learnt so many useful skills along the way, all of which have lead me to my current career path and I wouldn’t change a thing!