How to Become an Event Planner
Being an event planner is far more than just planning the coolest parties. Event Planners oversee every single detail of an event, glamorous or not.
It is, however, a very exciting and fast-paced job, perfect for people with great organizational skills.
Your Day To Day Tasks Will Include:
- Meeting with trade and professional associations and other groups to promote and discuss conference, convention and trade show services
- Meeting with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets and to review administrative procedures and progress of events
- Coordinating services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, conference and other facilities, catering, signage, displays, translation, special needs requirements, audio-visual equipment, printing and security
Where to Study:
You can get trained at schools like:
What else do I need?
Attention-to-detail is a must. Also, you need to be able to produce under pressure. When something goes wrong (and it will), you need to be the calm one who has the answers.
Where the Jobs Are
Once you’re trained, you can also apply for other job titles like conference and meeting planner, conference planner, and conference services officer. Many event planners also start their own company after they’ve been in the business a while and have a long list of contacts.