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Events Management Courses - Planning Your Career

Event Management is essentially the application of project management skills in the creation of an event which can range dramatically in size, type and function. Taking events management courses to develop your skills, knowledge and specialisations in the industry is a good demonstration of your ability to succeed in this profession; someone who plans, manages and takes control of their career direction is likely to equate to a strong event planner. 

Common events that require professional event management include:

  • Conferences
  • Festivals
  • Sporting events
  • Trade Shows
  • Exhibitions
  • Press conferences
  • Award ceremonies
  • Fashion shows
  • Weddings

Many specific event types require specialist knowledge and skills that can be learned through professional events management courses, for example wedding planning.

Event Managers are responsible for producing the concepts, the planning and logistics, fulfilling technical and legal requirements, executing the modalities of an event on the day, post event analysis and ensuring positive ROI and good value for clients.

The Benefits of Events Management Courses

Whether you are already working in event management and want to develop your career or grow your business, an accredited diploma, advanced level course or a specialist course in a new area of event management will provide you with the skills and confidence to succeed.

Similarly, if you are currently working in a different industry but have always dreamed of being a top event manager or wedding planner, there are a range of introductory courses that can give you a taste of what to expect. If you've been working in hospitality, marketing, project management or any role that involves organising, it is likely that you will already have gained valuable experience and transferable skills that can help you launch a career in event management, so one of the intermediate courses available might be more appropriate.

Most events management courses can be fitted in around existing work commitments. There are open scheduled weekend courses, intensive residential courses, summer schools, home study programmes and even dedicated one-to-one training sessions available. Online courses are also available.

Exploring the Opportunities

The Industry

Event Management is a growing industry with a multitude of new areas to specialise in. The international conference and hospitality industry in particular continues to grow rapidly, while marketing and public relations are an ever more important area of business. In the UK, the growth of festivals, larger-scale weddings, sporting events and trade shows brings with it an increasing reliance on professional event management skills and services.

Career Prospects

Most event managers begin their training working for either an events company or a company that hosts regular events such as hotels and conference centres. Many large organisations need in house event management personnel to organise their own internal events and corporate hospitality offerings. Progressing within the industry to become involved in the management of top global events such as the Olympics or the G8 Summit can be very competitive and only the most skilled are likely to succeed. Events management courses can greatly assist in career progression within this industry. Many event managers often choose to set up their own businesses and there are many training courses designed to help new starters do just that.

Specialising in Events Management - Wedding Planning

Wedding planning events management courses develop expertise and skills tailored to the specific demands for wedding planning and range from beginner to advanced level accredited diplomas. Research shows that demand for wedding and event planners is higher than ever with more than 25% of couples now seeking to consult a wedding planner making this area of event management particularly exciting.

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