Real-World Work Program


Most of us have heard the frustrating phrase, “Need a job to get experience, need experience to get a job.” Well, here’s how you can crack the job market for the very first time. The Real-World Work Program offered by the Event Planning and Management Academy is an excellent way to gain practical experience.

EPMA provides students with a comprehensive education, as well as the opportunity to gain work experience while still in school. This program bridges the gap between education and employment, enabling students to become job-ready upon graduation. Employers prefer to hire graduates who have performed well academically and have hands-on experience, which is precisely what the Real-World Work Program provides. This combination can make a difference in job applications and during interviews.


To ensure a well-rounded learning experience, the Event Planning and Management Academy combines academic studies with a program called the Real-World Work Program. In the program, each student is assigned to a sponsor company and an experienced mentor to adequately prepare them to achieve success in their future careers. It allows students to harness the skills, knowledge, and theoretical practice they learned in class and apply them to real-life practical situations. The experience enables students to gain first-hand exposure to working in the real world. All student account balances must be paid in full before they can participate in the Real-World Work Program.


Compared to an internship, the Real-World Work Program provides you with more autonomy and responsibility in which you are involved in every aspect of the event you are participating in. You obtain more relevant work experience because you ARE the lead consultant and NOT an assistant or intern to one. In addition, your sponsor company is training you with the intent to hire upon completion. As a result, you will learn more as you work on events and projects that directly contribute to the bottom line of your assigned company. There are 5 key differences, which you can find listed below:

Real-World Work Program: Difference 1

Length of Real-World Work Program range from 9-15 months. The longer duration of the program ensures that the training received prepares the student to step into a position.

Internship Program: Difference 1

Length of internship program is 3-6 months.

Real-World Work Program: Difference 2

The Real-World Work Program includes a structured training plan, with a focus on mastering specific skills an employer needs to fill an occupation within their organisation.

Internship: Difference 2

The internship program is structured and often focus on entry-level general work experience. It typically lack structure due to the shorter duration of the program. Interns often do not have an opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge or experience.

Real-World Work Program: Difference 2

Completion of the Real-World Work Program will lead to a job offer. Completion of the program will placed the student into the Job Placement Scheme that guarantees them a job within two months of graduation. As a result, it is a more concrete pathway to a good job.

Internship Program: Difference 2

Completion of the internship program may or may not lead to a job offer.

Real-World Work Program: Difference 3

Work-based training: Think of the Real-World Work Program as an on-ramp to a career. It prepares students to step into a career through meaningful, productive work combined with related classroom instruction.

Internship Program: Difference 3

Work-based learning: Think of internships like trying out a job, similar to a taste test, and is often a more general position. It supports career readiness by providing opportunities to interact with professionals in the field and exposure to a work environment.

Real-World Work Program: Difference 4

It offers greater autonomy and responsibility, as you are involved in every aspect of the event you're working on. You gain more relevant work experience because you are the lead event planner, rather than an assistant to one. A mentor is on hand to provide guidance and support in developing job-related skills.

Internship Program: Difference 4

It provides less autonomy and responsibility under the supervision of a lead event planner.

Real-World Work Program: Difference 5

Always lead to an industry-recognized credential. It will give you the qualification recognition title as a certified event planner. Professional certification is important for personal growth, add credibility to your expertise and increase earning potential.

Internship Program: Difference 5

Does not lead to an industry-recognized credential. The main benefit you get from an internship program is work-based experience that you can add to your CV, which can help you secure a job after completing the program.

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