I have mentioned several times in past blog posts that working in the Event industry can cause a lot of stress, but it’s also one of the fastest growing industries. According to a study from the Bureau of Labor Statics of the United States of America, meeting and event management jobs are expected to grow 10% from 2014 to 2022. That is triple the average of other jobs!
Are you thinking of getting to get into this field? Not a bad idea. So, what do you need to get into the meeting/event management space?
- Education. You will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, tourism management or public relations. Even though now, there are some colleges that offer specific programs focusing on meeting and event planning.
- Skills. I talked about skills for a PR specialist before, but I think it’s highly important, so let me highlight the most important skills for an event manager.
- Communication skills: Event Managers have the responsibility to be in touch with clients, suppliers, and/or event staff. Event Managers must communicate fast and effectively with everyone they have to cooperate with.
- Problem-solving oriented: Often, Event Planners have to make quick decisions in stressful environments. You need to be creative and know how to manage situations under pressure.
- Organizational skills. And they must pay attention to details!
- Negotiational skills. To secure reasonable prices to clients and to be competitive with the market.
- Interpersonal skills. Always maintain a positive attitude and smile 🙂
- Area of focus. There are many sectors in Event Management that you can focus on; you could choose and specialize in one of the following areas:
- Fundraising events
- Meeting and business events
- Wedding and Event Design
- Networking. You should start building your networking contacts who can help you to better understand the industry and maybe it will help you land a coveted job in Events. I would recommend joining some of the most relevants associations in Event Management:
- ISES: International Special Events Society.
- MPI: Meeting Professionals International.
- AFP: Association of Fundraising Professionals.
- ASAE: American Society of Association Executives
- PRSA: Public Relations Society of America
Are you ready to triumph in Event Management?