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How To Become An Event Planner: A Guide

Do you have a creative mind? Are you incredibly organised and cool under pressure? Then a career in events planning just might be the perfect option for you.

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To find out more about a career in events, have a read of this.

Does the job interest you?

The first thing to ask yourself is whether a career in event planning interests you. As an event planner, you would be expected to plan and arrange events for companies and individual clients.

The types of events, you would plan could range from music festivals and private parties to corporate events and business meetings. To be successful in the event planning industry, you need to be organised, calm under pressure and able to multitask.

As an event planner, you would be expected to select dates for events and find the perfect location. As well as arranging transport and accommodation for people attending the event. You would also need to ensure that the event stays within budget and arranging the catering and decorating.

You would also be expected to make sure that the event runs smoothly. For example, if you were organising a music festival, it would be vital to hire enough security officers. Otherwise, the event may not be a success.

What are the job requirements?

While there are no specific education requirements needed to get started in event planning. Event planners who have a degree may be seen as more desirable than those that don’t.

To become a successful event planner, a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, marketing, or business, is ideal.

Before applying for a role as an event planner, it would be a good idea to get at least a year’s worth of experience in the field. The best way to do this is via an internship scheme.

What skills do you need to be successful?

To be a successful event planner, it is crucial that you are an excellent networker. Networking is key as it maximises your chances of meeting potential clients and vendors you could call upon when necessary. It is also vital that you hand out business cards at every opportunity, as this is an excellent way to increase your connections.

You will also need to be confident organising other people, and will need to remain calm under pressure. To build up a respectable name for yourself, it is crucial that you have excellent customer service skills and can connect with potential clients quickly.

Do you want to work on a self-employed basis?

After spending a couple of years gaining experience in a successful event planning company, many event planners choose to work for themselves.

Starting your own event planning business is an excellent way to get your name out there and take control of your opportunities.

By creating your own event planning business, you could also consider specialising. For example, some event planners choose to specialise in corporate or social events. So, if you prefer working in one events sector, you can then specialise and spend all your time focusing on that. Instead, of having to work in both sectors.