What is an Events Planner?
The Events Planning industry is valued at roughly £42 billion – not bad, right? It’s worth so much that a mind-bending 35% of UK visitor economy is due to the events industry. So, it’s safe to say that there is and always will be demand for Events Planners in a vast array of industries.
An Events Planner’s primary role is, of course (shock incoming), planning events. Delving a bit deeper than just ‘planning events’, you’ll be involved in defining and managing the budget, booking venues and vendors, acquiring any permits etc. among many, many more tasks. This is dependent on the industry or company you are working for as every event will have different requirements.
If you want to know about an Events Planner’s role in a little more detail and the skills that’ll ensure success, read our blog on The Key Skills That Make a Successful Events Planner
Potential Career Paths
Now you know what Events Management is, how about exploring some of the common (and a couple unique!) career paths you can take with an Events Management qualification?
Perhaps the most synonymous event type when you think ‘Events Management’, the wedding industry is worth £10 billion a year in the UK alone and the average cost is around £32,000 (including the honeymoon and ring). This should give any wedding planner a healthy budget to ensure the bride and groom achieve their dream wedding – which also makes for a fulfilling career!
Though not as magical as weddings, corporate events can be just as (if not more) glamorous. There are around 1.3 million corporate events held each year throughout the UK and these include conferences, product launches and trade shows. Considering the many different types of businesses and industries within the UK, you can bet that each corporate event will bring new, exciting challenges. Want to know more, have a browse through our How to Plan a Corporate Event
Sporting, Music and Art Events:
Probably considered many Events Planner’s dream role, organising sports, music and art events comes with huge responsibility, creative license and most likely a nice hefty budget. There is no shortage on the number of events in these industries and the revenue generated is only going to grow.
Events Management Companies:
Another popular choice of career path in Events Planning, working under an Events Management company comes with its many benefits and, as always, a couple of downsides. The most prominent upside is the variety of event types you may go on to manage. Whilst starting a company provides independence and the potential for financial freedom, it also means you’re likely to specialise in one or two types of events. By working for an Events company, you’re secure in a job and likely to receive a steady salary with the possibility of commission.
Cheese Rolling and More:
You’ve probably seen a video or at least heard of the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling event by now. You may even have been to a Live Action Role Playing (LARP) event. Why not stray from the norm and organise fun, original, community events? Think it’s too Gouda to be true? Think again!
How to Become an Events Planner
When looking to become an Events Planner, you’ll need to decide which route or niche you plan on taking, learn how best to market yourself and take some training to ensure you can build the relevant skills to be a success.
You can take a degree in Events Management, though this is not a prerequisite to becoming a successful Events Planner – there are plenty of courses out there which can make this career path a reality.
If you are looking to take the next step into a career in Events Management, find out how The Training Room can help you get there.
Become a Qualified Events Planner