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So You Are Interested in Event Planning Jobs

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Event Planning Jobs

Have you ever considered one of the many event planning jobs? Do you know if a career in event planning is right for you? Lets take a look together to see if event planning aligns with your career aspirations. We will cover a day in the life, salary, qualifications, where to find a job and what to do now.

A Day in the Life

A big question on many people's mind, who have considered a career in planning events, is what would I actually be doing day to day? Depending on the way you are employed, which I will go into more depth on later, will determine what you days look like. For most event planners, a large part of their day consists of finding and negotiating with vendors, making timelines and coordinating attendees. The main exception to this is self employed event planners. Generally early in their career self employed planners will often spend 75% or more of their time finding clients.

One of the most defining factors of an event planner's day is the stress level. While planning an event there are 100s of factors involved. Generally something will go wrong last minute which, in turn, leads to high stress levels. Despite the stress levels most event planners make a habit of attending the event that they planned so they can have some fun at the same time.

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Salary

The salary for an event planner will vary widely depending on how they are employed. Generally, staff planners will make more early in their career and those who are self-employed will make much more in their later career. Salary in this career is largely correlated with someone's organization skills. In general, someone in the field will make a median amount of $44,597 per year. The salary range is from $32,000 to $62,000. Keep in mind, however, that self employed planners are able to write off a lot of their expenses before reporting their income so the high end could be even higher when compared to salaries of other careers[3].

Qualifications

Great event planners possess a number of specific skills. Event planning tends to be the type of profession that a person with the right skill set will love and thrive but the wrong person will exit quickly. 

The first skill is to have a very high preference for detail and organization. As mentioned previously, there are an extremely high number of aspects to keep track of in the planning stages, making these skills essential.

Next, good planners have high sill levels in problem solving and creativity. Typically, a number of things will go wrong making the need to problem solve new solutions a regular occurrence. Finally, great planners are able to manage their emotions under stress. It is a high stress role so managing emotions effectively is critical to success [2].

Aside from personal abilities, many organizations looking at event planners require that they have a bachelor's degree and 2 to 4 years of experience in a related field. This is generally required to be considered at many organizations [4].

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Where to find a Job

Event planners can work in a number of types of organizations. Typically event-planning jobs require you to work in one of the following ways. The first way is to work for an organization as their in-house event planner. The types of organizations that tend to hire their own event planners are large companies. This type of planner will generally organize annual general meetings, division meetings and sales conferences.

The second way is to be employed by an event-planning agency. Event planning agencies tend to cater to small and medium sized businesses that are not large enough to pay a full time planner. Planners in this category tend to plan a wide range of events but many of them are corporate in nature.

The third way to obtain an event-planning job is to be an independent planner [1]. Independent planners cater to small and medium sized business, as planners in agencies do, but they tend to have more of a focus on planning events for individuals. Wedding planning is a very popular niche in the independent planner category.

What do I do now


So you are interested in this career path. After learning what a typical day looks like, salary expectations, required qualifications, and where to find a job, what do I do now? The first step is to look to your personal network. Who do you know that is in the field? If no one, who that you know might know someone else?

Conducting this exercise is great for two reasons. The first reason is that you will want to have a mentor who has been successful in the filed to guide you and accelerate your learning. The second reason is that, in most event planning jobs, you will need to be resourceful by using your network to solve problems so now is a great time to practice. Most importantly enjoy and have fun. 

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Bibliography

  1. "What Does a Professional Event Planner Do?." wisegeek.com. 25/08/2014 <Web >
  2. "Where Do I Start IF I Want to Become an Event Planner?." Chron. 25/08/2014 <Web >
  3. "Event Planner Salary (Canada)." PayScale Human Capital. 25/08/2014 <Web >
  4. "Learn How Much You're Worth as an Event Planner." about money. 25/08/2014 <Web >

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