Have you ever gotten excited over the details for planning your friend’s birthday party or hosting your dinner parties? This may mean you have a passion or even a tiny spark for event planning. If you want to turn that spark into a fire but are unsure where to start, you are reading the right blog!
Before you step into the process of becoming an event planner. You need to make sure you have the right skills and determination to make it in the business. Event planners need to be:
- Good problem solvers
- Good listener
- Budget oriented
- Low stressed
- Calm and focused under pressure
- Good communication skills
Missing some of these skills isn’t the end of the world. However, they are always something to strive for!
Time to Learn
The first place you want to start is the learning stage. This will help gather knowledge on what event planners do and need to know. You can choose to go back to school and for a variety of disciplines that can help you on your career path. Programs such as human resources, event sales and sponsorships, accounting, and relationship management can all give you a leg up in the event industry.
Event planning is a broad term and can be divided into different specializations or niches. When selecting which programs you want to take during your studies, you may want to focus on one specialty. Focusing your studies to match your field will look better on your portfolio in the end and give you the knowledge you need. Some of these specialities may include:
- Meeting and Seminars
- Trade Shows
- And more!
Of course, more experienced event planners can take on more specializations, but you can focus on ones that seem most interesting to you! Professionals are often required and more trusted when they have a degree or diploma to back them up. But for some of you, going back to school may not be an option. There are a ton of blogs, books, and classes you can take to earn enough knowledge to further yourself in your new career.
To get perfect at the job, you need practice. Getting out in the workforce will teach you skills through real-world experiences. You can either take on your own smaller projects, volunteer, or join an event planning company. Even if you are still at your previous job, you can still get some practice there. Try planning your company’s meetings or a birthday party for coworkers. Any practice is good.
Once you have gained experience, knowledge, and skills and feel ready to take on clients, it’s time to create a portfolio. A portfolio shows your potential clients what skills you have, where you studied, and previous work you’ve done. It’s your ‘resume’ that you submit to clients to hire you for their event.
Event planning takes dedication, creativity, and of course, your passion will drive the end result to success. With everything being uncertain, it is the perfect time to start studying event planning in time for everything to re-open.