Tips to help you Become an Event Planner Event planning can be a rewarding career as it provides you with a great sense of accomplishment when you are able to plan a large scale event that goes off without a hitch. However, breaking into the event planning industry can be tough for some people who do not have any real world event planning experience. Employers like to see that you have the proper knowledge and skills required to become a good event planner before offering you a job. Using the tips outlined in this article will help you achieve your goal of becoming an event planner.
Choose an Event Planning Career Path Deciding what type of event planner you want to be at the beginning of your journey will help you take the right educational path to help you reach your goal. If you want to become a corporate event planner, you will need more of a formal education. Earning a four year degree from a university with a well respected event planning school will help improve your chances of landing a job within the corporate event planning industry.
If you decide you want to become a small business owner and start your own event planning company, you do not need as much education since you will be your own boss and will be selling your clients on your service and not so much your education. While it will still help to have some type of secondary education, a four-year degree is not necessary when starting your own event planning business.
Network Once you have decided what type of event planner you want to be and have taken the appropriate educational path, you will want to start networking as much as possible. Sometimes it is not about what you know and more about who you know when searching for a job. If you are looking to get into the corporate event planning world, you will want to attend as many career fairs and networking functions as possible to get your name out there in front of prospective employers. By letting it be well known that you are looking for a job, you may be exposed to potential job opportunities you otherwise would have never known about simply by networking with as many event planning professionals as possible.
Volunteer Ultimately, the best way to land a job within the event planning industry is to gain real world experience. If you can prove to an employer that you can effectively handle the day to day responsibilities of an event planner position, you will be more likely to receive a job offer. Volunteering is one of the best ways you can get real world event planning experience without having a job.
Helping a friend plan a wedding, volunteering to help a nonprofit plan a fundraiser or taking an unpaid internship are just some of the ways you can gain real world event planning experience that will ultimately help you land your dream job.
Becoming an event planner has many benefits. Unfortunately, for some people it can be a bit difficult finding their first job in the event planning industry. By selecting the type of event planners you want to become at the onset of your journey, networking with as many event planning professionals as possible and volunteering your time to gain real world event planning experience, you will increase your chances of actually landing a job in the event planning world.