Planning a large convention or other major event is more difficult than planning a small celebration.

Career options

event planning

If you’re interested in a career in event planning, there are a number of different ways you can prepare yourself for the job. An internship is a great way to gain hands-on experience and meet people in the field. While internships are not required, they can provide an advantage for your job search.

find out

To find out if an internship is right for you, speak with a career services representative or academic advisor. Internship tasks will vary according to the type of event you're working on.

manage events

As an event planner, you can plan and manage events for many different types of events, including weddings, corporate conferences, street festivals, sporting events, and incentive travel.

businesses

Most event planners work for businesses and corporations, but you can also work for nonprofit organizations that organize large fundraisers. Another possibility is to become self-employed.

organized

Event planners need to be organized and have excellent communication skills. They are responsible for everything from the decor to the food and entertainment. They must also be able to manage a budget.

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planners

In addition, event planners must be able to meet deadlines, be good at solving problems, and be comfortable using social media sites. For instance, marketing involves promoting an event and public relations is about improving a brand’s reputation. 

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successful event

If you are interested in becoming a successful event planner, you should prepare a resume that highlights your key skills. You may also learn about risk management, which will help you identify potential risks that may arise during an event.

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work long hours

They must be able to work long hours, as the job can be demanding. The skills you need to be successful include organisation, meeting with clients, and managing budgets. A few companies will require you to be certified in event planning. 

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courses

There are several courses you can take in order to become an event planner. You will need to be organized, creative, and able to multitask.

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pressure

It is also important to be able to work under pressure. You will also need to be able to manage a budget and meet deadlines.

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specialize

Some event planners specialize in different types of events, such as weddings, birthday parties, business meetings, and charity fundraisers.

Industry Software

You will need to understand how to use industry software. Common software for event planners includes Active Network EventRegister and Blackbaud The Raiser’s Edge. You may also need to know how to work in a corporate environment.  In addition, event planners may need to work odd hours and sometimes long days. It’s also important to be creative and deal with unexpected issues.

Events Industry

If you are looking to work in the events industry, you may want to consider pursuing a college degree. This can help you stand out from your competition. Furthermore, it will give you the confidence to set reasonable expectations for yourself. Without a degree, you may find it difficult to get the job you want. Another course you can take is in project management. This course will help you understand how to manage a range of activities, from developing a budget to managing a project. It is also helpful to learn about marketing and public relations, since both are related to event planning. 

Education required