An event manager is responsible for the organisation of a multitude of events, typically large-scale events such as award ceremonies, exhibitions, festivals, trade fairs, corporate events, conferences, weddings, centenaries and more.
Events are managed projects, and key skills needed to succeed are strong organisation skills, attention to detail, good planning skills, confident communication, especially negotiation, team working, time management skills, to name a few. You also need to be able to cope well with set-backs and come up with alternatives when problems arise. You’re likely to work within budget constraints and take charge of all logistics.
How to get in
The role is highly active, and to get in, some experience in being involved in the organisation of student society events, or any other events, will be helpful. The ability to network in this field is essential, as many graduate entry-level jobs will not be advertised. If you have a LinkedIn account, this can help you make contact with other professionals in this field. Also consider asking for some job shadowing, if you know of any events at the university, for example, or in your home location.
There are opportunities for professional training, and certification includes Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM), Certified Manager of Exhibits (CME), , Global Certification in Meeting Management (CMM), Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP), Certified Trade Show Marketer (CTSM), Global Certificate in Event Design (EDC).
A good starting point for students to find out more about event management is the detailed information on Graduate Prospects. Click here to access information about what’s involved and how to get in. The listing is for Event Organiser.
The National Careers Service also provides some helpful information. Click here. The outlook for employment in this field is positive.
Conference Centre Manager
A related career in this field is Conference Centre Manager. http://www.prospects.ac.uk/conference_centre_manager.htm