Events managers are responsible for organising and running all kinds of events.

What does an events manager do?

Events managers are responsible for organising and running all kinds of promotional, business and social events. They control the whole project, from planning at the start to running the event on the day.

This job would normally include:

  • discussing what the client wants
  • coming up with original ideas for events
  • agreeing budgets and timescales with the client
  • researching venues, contacts and suppliers
  • negotiating prices with suppliers and contractors
  • booking venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies
  • hiring and supervising contractors, such as caterers and security
  • publicising the event
  • making sure that everything runs smoothly on the day
  • ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed
  • managing a team

This role might involve specialising in organising particular types of event such as exhibitions and conferences, music festivals, cultural events, parties, weddings, or fundraising events.

You may want to specialise in a specific sector as an event manager, such as I.T, where there is a growing interest in eGaming and Esports, and where competition venues and event resourcing are in demand.

What do I need to do to become an events manager?

Events managers often start their careers from a variety of backgrounds. Employers will look for relevant experience or strong transferable skills, such as client management, organisation, budget management and negotiation.

Taking a qualification in events management may help you, although this is not essential if you can get relevant work experience. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Award / Certificate in Event Planning
  • Level 2 Certificate in Live Events and Promotion

There are also numerous events management courses ranging from foundation degree to degree level at colleges and universities. These could be taken as a possible way into the industry or, at a later stage, as part of your professional development.

Whatever your qualifications and background, you should ideally have practical experience in helping to organise events. This could be gained from:

  • hotel conferencing and banqueting
  • cultural events
  • travel and tourism
  • public relations
  • music and live entertainment

You could also gain experience of organising events as part of a role in a job, such as personal assistant, marketing executive or human resources officer.

Another option is to apply to start as a coordinator or assistant in an events management company, possibly through temporary work. You could then progress to organising events yourself as your experience grows.

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Vocational route

  • Level 2 Award / Certificate in Event Planning
  • Level 2 Certificate in Live Events and Promotion

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could work for event management companies, hotels, leisure facilities, conference and exhibition venues, or charities. You could also organise internal events for large companies, universities or local authorities.

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