Event industry FAQs: What’s the best way to get started in event planning?


As with most (if not all) careers, event planning has many different entry routes. But it helps to have the essential skills required to be a successful event planner, which include organisation, communication, and imagination.

Read on for a rundown on how to become an event planner to give you a headstart in the industry!


What is event planning? 

Planning a corporate event is a full-time job. Event planners’ roles vary from researching potential venues to liaising with event photographers, arranging guest speakers, and working on event marketing and advertising. 

Event planners are a necessary and valued member of any corporate event team. 


How to get into event planning 

Event planning jobs are in high demand, so it is no surprise that many people are looking to build a career in the industry. If you are trying to break into the industry yourself then follow these steps to begin an event planning career. 


1. Research the industry 

Before you get started in the event industry it is important to build on your event industry knowledge. You will really stand out in the recruitment process if you demonstrate you have educated yourself on the job and invested in your career. 

If you want to take your education one step further, then consider enrolling on an event course or degree offered by many colleges and universities. These are hosted by professionals who can really give you that edge over other applicants for event planning jobs.


2. Work on your transferable skills 

Take a look at the jobs that you have had before and break down the skills that you have used. It is quite likely that skills you have used in your previous jobs will be transferable to a new career in event planning.

If you have worked in retail, for instance, then the customer service skills you developed in that position can demonstrate excellent communication skills that you will use to converse with your clients in your event planning job.


3. Don’t limit yourself in your search

It is important when you come around to hunting for jobs in the event industry that you do not limit yourself in your search. 

It might be the case that you choose to take on a more niche job within the event industry business as a means of getting your foot in the door. Many businesses and organisations regularly look to hire professionals to plan their events and it might just be that a healthcare organisation, for instance, is recruiting entry-level positions in event planning that you can take to build your portfolio.  


4. Network extensively in the industry 

Networking is a crucial step to securing event industry jobs. The cliché phrase ‘it is not what you know but who you know’ applies to event planning almost more than in any other business! 

In order to get your name out there in the event industry, try attending networking events and initiating meaningful conversations with industry professionals. 

Alternatively, you can network online. Perhaps the best platform on which to do this is LinkedIn, where you can connect with event industry professionals who are actively looking to network.


5. Think creatively and logically

Going back to skills, to be a successful event planner you should be able to balance creative thinking with logical thinking. You need to be able to think logically about venue suitability and event budgets but also creatively – about how to decorate the venue for instance.


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Common FAQs about event planners

What is event planning?

Event planning is the process of coordinating and organising events, such as weddings, conferences, and festivals. It involves a wide range of tasks, including budgeting, venue selection, vendor management, and marketing.

What are the key skills required for event planning?

The key skills required for event planning include organisation, attention to detail, problem-solving, communication, negotiation, and creativity.

Is a college/university degree necessary to become an event planner?

Whilst a degree is not always necessary to become an event planner, it can be beneficial. Many event planning programs offer classes that teach about the industry, business, and marketing skills, as well as offering practical hands-on experience.

Is experience important in becoming an event planner?

Experience is crucial in event planning. Even if you don’t have a formal education in the field, you can gain experience by volunteering for events, interning with an event planning company, or working part-time in a related field.

Are there any certifications I can obtain to help me with my career?

There are several certifications you can obtain that can help you establish credibility and knowledge in the event planning field, such as the Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

How do I get started in the event planning industry?

There are several ways to get started in the event planning industry, such as:
Volunteer to help with events
Intern with an event planning company
Take classes or workshops that can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need
Network with industry professionals and seek advice on how to break into the industry
Start your own event planning business.

How do I know if event planning is the right career for me?

Event planning can be a very rewarding career, but it’s not for everyone. Consider if you have the skills and qualities of an event planner, such as organisational skills, creativity, an ability to problem-solve, and whether you enjoy the process of planning and executing events.

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