Considering event management? Not everyone thrives in an ordinary "office job" when sitting behind a desk all day takes up the majority of your work. If that sounds like a gig that just "isn't you", take a look at a career in the event management industry.
Event management is all about imagination and teamwork, working together to produce unforgettable experiences. There’s immense satisfaction to be found in guaranteeing a whole crowd of people a good time, at the same time as helping clients realise their vision for any kind of event, whether it’s a festival or a wedding. On that note, you’ll be sure to find a specialised area of events that suits you best - talks, conferences, festivals, private parties and sports events are just some of the areas you could find yourself excelling in.
#1 Every day is different
Sure, there’s a fair dose of admin and organisation involved in orchestrating an amazing event but there’s lots of opportunity to get up on your feet and out of the office. Scouting for locations, meeting with contractors, visiting clients and running various errands will keep you on your toes. There’s no end to the number of tasks or projects you may find yourself working on, and the fun of events management is the variety and pace.
The most important knowledge areas in the industry are:
- customer service: understanding and meeting customers needs and expectations.
- clerical skills: word processing, design, managing files and other office work.
- communications and media: producing and sharing audiovisual, written and spoken content.
- administration and management: coordinating people and resources to make sure everything runs happily and smoothly.
The thing about events is that even if you’ve planned every detail down to the dot, some things don’t go to plan.If you’ve spent all day staring at a computer screen, looking for an excuse to stroll to the water cooler, it may be hard to imagine the adrenaline involved in events management. Overcoming these obstacles, problem solving and thinking on your feet is a fun challenge, not a chore. You’ll find yourself in situations you never imagined, getting stuff done you never thought you could. And when you pull it off against the odds, there’s no better rush.
#3 Take it anywhere
Events management is a global industry, with opportunities around Australia and all over the world. Within Australia the industry is in a period of growth, with up to 25,000 job openings predicted to become available until 2020. There are heaps of pathways available to you, which allow you to find work overseas, especially if you have relevant experience or a qualification to support your CV.
#4 Team buzz
You can’t run any event all on your own. Whether it’s a small private function or a huge conference, you’ll need many helping hands - catering, florists, tech guys, staff and sometimes volunteers all work together to create fantastic experiences for guests. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘the more, the merrier’? Everyone provides their own unique skillset to the team, and is valued for their individual contribution. Your strengths will support your colleagues’ weaknesses, and vice versa. It’s heaps of fun to work in a team, and you’ll meet all sorts of interesting people on the job. 8 out of 10 employees in the events management industry are women, and while it may be a gender stereotype that women are better at multitasking, it seems to be true in this case! Go girls.
#5 Earn more for less
Across the industry, the average full-time workload is 37.6 hours per week, slightly less than the national average of 40 hours. And the best news? The average weekly salary for full-time work is $1,313, higher than the national average of $1,230. Naturally, salaries vary depending on the experience and skill of the worker, which means as your experience grows your salary probably will too.
Given the broad range of skills involved in an events management career, it’s likely you have some relevant experience. Sometimes, this is enough to score an opportunity in the field - Job Outlook indicates a minimum of 3 years experience is optimum. If you haven’t worked in the industry before, you may want to consider further study, like a degree or diploma in events management to gain a cutting edge. If you’re already employed full-time, studying online at your own pace provides you with the flexibility you need begin a career transition.
Event managers love what they do!
If you’re up for a challenge, and a lot of fun, consider a career in events management. Working in events is an opportunity to provide people with fun and laughter, inspiration and awe. There’s not many professions that can guarantee that.
If you're considering taking up study in event management then check out the SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management or the Bachelor of Business (Event Management) (081293M).