Note to Self: Become Event Planner
Career Path : Business
There is a voice in your head saying, âBecome event planner.â It has been there for a while now. It wonât go away. You have been ignoring it for one simple reason: youâre not sure how one goes about pursing a career in event planning anyway. The answer â as with so many things in life â is to break it down into smaller steps.
âBecome event plannerâ step #1
âBecome event plannerâ step #2
Phone the schools on your list. Find out if they offer campus tours or open houses.
âBecome event plannerâ step #3
Visit the schools on your list. Take a notebook or smart phone with you so that you can jot down your impressions of each campus. Ideally, you should speak to:
- someone in administration
- students, past and present.
When you are visiting schools, make a note of how long the commute takes. Can you get to the school on public transit? Will you need to drive?
âBecome event plannerâ step #4
Apply to the school of your choice. With a little luck, you will be accepted.
âBecome event plannerâ step #5
Throw yourself into your studies! Most event planning courses are short â just one or two years long â so students must be prepared to make the most out of the short time.
What kind of courses will you be taking to, as the voice says, âbecome event plannerâ?
- how to co-ordinate events
- how to manage a tour
- how to manage venues
- basics of graphic design
- event planning software
- managing risk
âBecome event plannerâ step #6
You should also try to get some real-life experience to bolster your CV when you graduate. You can:
- do a co-op course
- work as an intern
- volunteer to organize a fundraiser for a non-profit
- organize an event for your family
âBecome event plannerâ step #7
When you graduate, be sure to use the career placement services at the school of your choice to ease your transition into the working world. Remember that your teachers are valuable resources. A recommendation letter from a teacher who knows you well may help you land your first job, finally silencing that âBecome event plannerâ voice in your head for good. Next step: find an aspiring event planner to mentor!