Do you love to host parties or decorate for events? Are you organized and work well with a deadline? Do you love to plan dinner parties or help with wedding planning? Maybe birthday parties? Would you believe that you can make a career out of these very things?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states event planners are involved in organizing a variety of events. They plan weddings, business conventions and educational conferences to name a few. They may also be involved in planning reunions, anniversaries, award ceremonies, charity events and much more! Some of their responsibilities, according to BLS, include the following:
- Meeting with clients to understand the purpose of the meeting or event
- Planning the scope of the event, including its time, location, and cost
- Soliciting bids from venues and service providers
- Inspecting venues to ensure that they meet the client’s requirements
- Coordinating event services such as rooms, transportation, and food service
- Monitoring event activities to ensure that the client and the attendees are satisfied
- Reviewing event bills and approving payments
Event planners will spend the majority of their time in offices but they will also be expected to travel to venues and stores to pick out locations and materials for the event. They do most of their planning during the week, but if the event falls on the weekend, they will be expected to work weekends and evening as well. This allows for a very flexible schedule.
Event planners face many deadlines so organization is a must. They may also be responsible for coordinating multiple events at the same time. Our Personal Excellence course teaches time management and organizational skills to make you the best possible event planner.
If you are interested in starting your own event planning business, our Principles of Marking, Starting your Own Event Planning Business and Accounting for the Non-Accountant are great courses. This will give you a background in the inner workings of marketing and how to market your business. The accounting course will give you information on how to run your business effectively and help you keep costs low and increase profits. It will cover budgeting, fiscal analysis and financial statements.
Event planners are expected to stay in demand as companies and organizations continue to use professional planners to host their events. Event planning careers are expected to rise 11% from 2016 to 2026 (BLS.gov). Put your organization, love for parties and creativity to use today. Enroll and help throw the best events and potentially start your own business!
Ed4Career offers career training programs in hospitality and travel including the Complete Career Training Program- Event Planner Professional Program. Upon successful completion of our Event Planning and Management course, students will be prepared for an entry-level job in the Event Planning industry and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Event Planning Specialist (CEPS).