to Become an Event Planner
in Event Planning
If you want to learn how
to become an event planner, here are some tips, based on the FabJob
Guide to Become an Event Planner:
If you are like most people,
you have gone to at least a few events this year. If you enjoy going to
events, imagine having an exciting and creative career that lets you get
paid to organize them.
An event planner is a professional
who organizes events. When you think of an "event" you may think of something
big, such as
Event planners are needed for
all these events. However, event planners also work on thousands of smaller
events. Any time people gather together for a purpose, someone is needed
to oversee all the details to ensure the event happens and that it is a
success. That someone could be you.
New Yearís festivities in Times
Any other major events we hear
about or see on television
If you become an event planner
you can specialize in planning particular types of events, or be hired
to plan a variety of events. For example, you could plan social events
such as birthday parties, family reunions and weddings, business events
such as meetings, grand openings and trade shows, or special events such
as fund-raisers, festivals and fashion shows.
As an event planner (also
known as an events coordinator, events organizer, meeting planner, party
planner, or special events planner) you will have a job that can be incredibly
fun, interesting, and financially rewarding.
If you start your own event
planning business you can also enjoy the freedom of being your own boss.
Self-employed event planners can earn $25 to $150 or more per hour depending
on their specialty and clients.
If you prefer the security
of a full-time employment, there are many types of organizations that employ
event planners or give employees the opportunity to do event planning as
part of another job. For example, you could plan events while working in
public relations, marketing, human resources, or another department of
a large corporation.
The hospitality industry
also offers many opportunities for those who want to work in the events
industry. While some jobs involve planning events from start to finish,
many other jobs involve helping people who are planning their own events.
Employers in this industry include hotels and resorts, casinos, convention
centers, tourist attractions, and even cruise lines.
There are a variety of ways
to learn event planning through programs offered by educational institutions
and professional organizations. While formal education can help you land
a job as an event planner, no formal education is required to start your
own event planning business.
Instead, you can develop
your event planning skills by volunteering to help organize events. Although
you won't be paid, you will build credentials that can help you get hired
in future. You will gain practical event planning experience, develop your
knowledge of event planning, and possibly make valuable contacts that could
lead to future paid work.
One way many event planners
start getting hands-on experience is by offering their services free of
charge to friends and family members. For example, you could help to plan
your loved onesí birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, holiday celebrations,
and other events.
You can also help out with
business events. If you are currently employed, you might help out with
planning events at your own workplace. If you aren't currently employed
-- or if you are employed, but have extra time -- you could offer to volunteer
with special events at a spouseís or family memberís place of business.
Most companies have at least
one or two events every year for employees, customers or investors, and
some hold many more events. If your company has a social committee, volunteer
for it. If they donít have a social committee, start one. If your company
has a department that organizes events but is short-staffed, offer to help
Finally, volunteer to help
out with organizing fund-raisers and other events for local non-profit
groups. By volunteering your services, you can help a good cause while
you develop valuable skills for a career in event planning.
article is an excerpt from the FabJob
Guide to Become an Event Planner. The complete guide gives detailed
advice on how you can become an event planner, get started om a career
in event planning, find event planner jobs, or start your own event planning
business. Visit www.FabJob.com/eventplanner.asp
for information about how to become an event planner.
by Tag Goulet
is co-author of the FabJob
Guide to Become an Event Planner.