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So you want to bean... Event planner.

What does being an event planner involve?

There is no specific job description for being an event planner as each job is different. Your job can vary considerably, for example you could be organising weddings, corporate Christmas parties or even themed birthday parties.

Each event is unique.

Often the hours can be irregular and you can find yourself working evenings or weekends.

Your time is a mix of meetings to arrange caterers, venues and entertainment, not to mention attending the actual events themselves.

What skills do you need?

To be an events planner, you need to be versatile. No two jobs are the same; you have to be creative, motivated and above all adaptable to situations.

Every client wants their wedding, birthday or party to be special and you have to be attentive to your clients' needs.

Other important traits include being organised, especially if you are co-ordinating large events which require numerous tasks. Good communication skills are also vital as poor people skills can hinder building professional relationships with clients and local services.

What qualifications and training do you need?

Events planning can now be studied specifically at more and more universities throughout the UK. However many people still enter events planning through other fields, such as business management.

Most important of all is that you really enjoy doing this type of work, because this enthusiasm will shine through to both your clients and contacts.

Unlike other careers, qualifications are not what clients tend to look for when hiring you; they tend to look at your experience, talent and enthusiasm to make things happen.

If you are thinking of starting a career in events planning then gain experience; experience is fundamental even if you volunteer.

It is one of the best ways to learn about the job, fully understand the industry and recognise if this a career for you.

What opportunities are there?

Event planning is a competitive business and it depends how you establish yourself. If you work for an events company, being promoted will depend on how well you have performed in your role and the type of organisation you work for.

Career progression hinges on a number of factors including changing roles, moving companies or even setting up on your own. For the latter, a strong network of contacts in the industry will be extremely valuable.

What is the salary?

Salaries can vary considerably. It is hard to define an event planners wage as it depends on the amount of work available, your talents and local services. It is important that you are not just salary driven. Although it can be a very lucrative career, it is extremely labour intensive.

Therefore salary will be dependant on characteristics like your enthusiasm, your ability to build sound relationships, as well as identify creative offerings.

Further information

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 14, 2008
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