The ABCs of Building a Career in Event Management


Events are now considered an important aspect of everyone’s life, career choices in event management have now become a common career option. The event industry is flourishing and the demand for event planners is expected to increase by leaps and bounds.

It is an area that thrives on originality, creativity and continuous reinvention. The main responsibilities that event management students will be responsible for while pursuing an event management course are concept visualization, organization, budgeting, execution and planning of various types of events.

The tips mentioned below provide students with insight into the best strategies needed to start a successful and rewarding career in event planning:

1. Build a strong industry knowledge base

Learning with industry-relevant information is an exceptional way to gain fundamental knowledge of the event industry and the hospitality industry as a whole. Investing in specialized industry-specific training will give you an edge over other job seekers.

This educational foundation is very important and is as beneficial for starting your own business as it is for getting hired. It will give you a clear picture of the multitude of professional opportunities available in the event industry.

2. Qualifications andskills required to start a career in event management

There are a number of colleges and universities offering degrees in related fields, stand-alone event courses, and certified programs. These courses are taught by seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge of the industry.

Whether you go for a degree or enroll in degree programs, you should take advantage of all the networking opportunities they offer.

When it comes to skills, event planners need to arm themselves with abilities such as openness to collaboration, creativity, willingness to adapt to situations, determination, the ability to multitask, good networking skills and must be an excellent communicator.

3. Build an event planning portfolio as a cooler

Tailoring your online presence is key when you are about to start your career graph.

Blog posts, videos, and photo galleries are common among planners. Instead of trying all of these platforms at once, you need to learn how to get your point across by focusing on cultivating one or two platforms with great content that can achieve better results.

Freshers can also gain industry experience by joining charities or nonprofit fundraisers.

4. Plant your event planning career seeds in an industry you prefer the most.

As you start looking for industry jobs, don’t limit yourself. There are many options to choose from. If you are passionate about designing events in the arts or health industry, you can seek associate positions in these organizations to help strengthen your portfolio.

Whether you are planning an annual convention for an FMCG company or working for a restaurant that runs and hosts social events, you continue to gain valuable experience in the industry.

5. Sharpen your networking skills

The main way to start your career in events is to network. To market yourself, you need to learn how to join a conversation, you need to know the right audience to connect with, and understand the importance of personalizing your outreach.

Since networking works best when you ask real questions, you need to develop an open and inquisitive mindset.

While entering any industry comes with its own challenges, as long as you are engaged and determined you will have a great professional start.

Building your contact list, networking with industry professionals, and volunteering for events will help you rise through the ranks of success in this dynamic industry.

– Article by Vipul Solanki, Director, NAEMD Nest Academy of Event Management and Development





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