Our guide to events management
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Our guide to events management

First published date December 04 2013 Amended date May 01 2015

Do you throw an awesome party? Are you super organised and great at multi-tasking? Answer ‘yes’ and you could make a great event manager! Whether it’s an international football match or a school fete – all events need to be promoted, organised, safe and commercially sound (so not lose money). Events management courses are designed to teach you the skills you need to put on successful events of all kinds. Among the many things you cover are: how to classify events, work out costs and set budgets, follow health and safety regulations, manage risks, and tonnes more.


It’s one big party, right?

Not quite! Careers in events management are exciting and fulfilling – but the hours can be long and the build up to the big day stressful. Studying events management will give you the skills you need to handle the stress and long hours so that you can focus on putting on a brilliant event.


To specialise or not to specialise?

There’s a fantastic selection of courses out there. Whether you’re interested in a three year undergraduate degree, a postgrad, or a specialised short course – you’ll find something that’s right for you. If you’re starting out in your career and you know you want to work in events, but you’re not sure which field, begin by researching a more general events management course. These should cover everything from project management, strategic planning, budgeting and the logistics of production, right up to sourcing sponsorship, promoting the event and recruiting staff.

If you’re more interested in making a career change, have your own business, or want some new skills to boost your existing job, then you might suit a specialist course. Courses like ‘Hospitality and Event Management’, ‘Event Design’, ‘Wedding Planning’, ‘Design and Management’ and ‘Cookery Community Events’ provide event management training coupled with a specialism. So if you’re a professional working in a field like hospitality or weddings, doing one of these courses is a great way to grow your skill set.  

Some event courses are specially designed for entrepreneurs and business owners. These courses equip learners with the tools they need to confidently put on their own business event – opening doors to new revenue streams and providing new ways to promote a business.


Getting into the industry

Landing your first job in events management won’t happen overnight – but it will happen! This is a competitive industry where experience counts for a lot. With this in mind, prepare to work for a low income when starting out, you may even have to intern for a while. When looking for your first positions try to keep an open mind and try not to be too picky. Putting on a bric-a-brac fair for your local WI might not be Wembley Arena, but it’s still valuable experience – everyone has to start somewhere!


5 signs you’d make a great event manager

There are some qualities all event managers need, recognise any?

1.      You’re great with money. You’ll need to balance budgets and work out costs – there’s no room for spendthrifts.

2.      Organisation is your middle name. A no nonsense structured approach is a definite must-have for this role – when you’re juggling a hundred things at once there’s no time to drop a ball.

  1. You can express yourself clearly. Suppliers, accountants, ticket sellers, artists – you’ll be dealing with all of them. Good communication skills are vital.
  2. You’ve got troubleshooting power. Problems will happen in the lead up to an event, during an event and probably after the event! How you approach these problems and find solutions will make all the difference.
  3. You’re as cool as cucumbers. When the heat is on and the event date is approaching, there’ll be no ‘pause’ button. You’ll have to keep smiling and keep going. If you can do that, then you’re made for the job.


3 amazing event venues

Get yourself trained up and you could be calling one of these your office!

1.The O2 Dome
Opened in the year 2000 under its original name ‘The Millennium Dome’, this massive dome shaped structure has since become part of the O2 entertainment district and regularly hosts major concerts. In the summer of 2012 the dome housed some of the gymnastic and basketball events for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

2.The Sydney Opera House
Is this the most recognisable venue on earth? It’s got to be one of them! More than seven million people visit this modernist structure every year. As well opera, visitors can enjoy ballet, theatre and the Sydney Symphony orchestra.

3.Madison Square Garden
An institution in its own right, this multi-purpose indoor arena hosts basketball games, ice hockey, boxing matches, music concerts, ice shows – even the circus! Situated in midtown Manhattan, New York, the huge venue can house up to 20,000 people and is currently the official home of the New York Knicks basketball team.


By Rebecca Hobson

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