Event jobs: How to become an event organiser

Business conferences, awards ceremonies and educational and networking events have become an industry in their own right, so event planning jobs and event co-ordinator jobs have been on the rise in the last decade. Event planning can be quite a competitive sector though, so having the right qualifications may not be enough. Relevant skills, experience and proof that you are suited to the role could secure you an event organising job.

An event organiser, or event planner, is responsible for putting together all the behind-the-scenes details connected with a large event, corporate meeting or exhibition. In particular, responsibilities are likely to include meetings with the client to gather ideas and to determine budget and timings. The work of the event organiser will then involve investigating different venues and talking to local catering and equipment suppliers. There may be a marketing element to the event organiser’s job too, to ensure desirable attendance figures, and positive coverage of the event.

Prospective employers may look for practical experience in areas like hotel conferencing, travel or public relations. If you haven’t had the opportunity to do this sort of work for pay, you could build contacts through volunteering or organising events in your personal or social life. It might also help to have a second language. Apprenticeships or internships for event planning are available within some large organisations. Or another way to launch a career in event organising is to become self-employed and develop your own business specialising in event planning.

To be a successful event organiser, you will need excellent communication, planning and people skills, and have a genuine knack for overcoming problems creatively. If working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines are a problem for you, you may want to reconsider. You should possess good attention to detail and be able to work within a budget.

Typically, event jobs will accept graduates from all types of academic background. However, as the industry grows and the demand for the jobs strengthens, employers can afford to be a little bit pickier. For this reason, there are certain subjects that could assist in applications such as:

•    Event management

•    Hotel/catering management

•    Leisure and tourism

•    Business

•    Marketing

There is no particular route towards becoming event organisers, but it is increasingly common to find graduate-level positions at many organisations. That said, ultimately the majority of vacancies will be given to those who demonstrate the necessary skills and attributes to make it in the industry, no matter what field they studied in. It can also be possible to gain entry into event organising without a degree or HND, as long as you have some relevant work experience.

Work experience, whether paid or unpaid, is vital in the success of an application for event jobs. Working in the leisure and hospitality sector, sales, customer service or marketing all show that you have suitable experience that will help you later on.

Event Jobs Skills
•    Exceptional organisational skills
•    Attention to detail
•    Experience managing projects
•    Time-management
•    Work under high pressure to deadlines
•    Problem-solving
•    Excellent communication and negotiation
•    Sales/marketing
•    Budget management

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