Event planners arrange all the details for special occasions, such as weddings and educational conferences. They need grace under pressure, strong interpersonal skills and a good rapport with clients, staff and service providers like caterers and hall owners. Because events are complex, planners need strong organizational skills, creativity and problem-solving abilities. If this sounds like you, you could become an event planner. However, you’ll need training and experience to qualify for the job.
In addition to training, practical experience is crucial to finding work as an event planner. If you have a non-hospitality degree, employers usually require at least one year of related work experience – for example, as a catering coordinator. In fact, hospitality degree programs frequently include internships as part of the graduation requirements. For example, Kent University students complete a practicum in hospitality management during the summer after their third year. Whether or not you major in hospitality, you can get experience by volunteering or working at campus or community events. For example, help set up and serve at student award dinners and association meetings.
Advancement in event planning usually depends on your work experience and skills. Improve your prospects by volunteering for more tasks on the job and by taking classes through professional associations or colleges.
Outlook and Wages
The number of openings for event planners will increase by 44 percent between 2010 and 2020 – much more rapidly than the average profession. New jobs will open up as meetings gain importance in all types of organisations. Because the career is attractive to many, job competition will be keen. Planners with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and experience will have the best prospects.