There are many general skills that will benefit you in any sector that you choose to work in, but we have highlighted some that are especially important to a career in Events Management.
- Organisation skills
- Project management skills
- Attention to detail
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Ability to work to deadlines
- Administrative skills
Events Management is an exciting, hands-on industry that involves the planning and running of a variety of activities. In an events management role, employees can be involved in every stage of an event, including on-the-day assistance and post-event assessment. A central task is event planning, which encompasses a wide range of activities such as hiring venues, managing budgets, liaising with clients and guests, negotiating prices, coordinating logistical elements, conducting risk assessments and more.
Below is some information about the different type of events that can be involved. You can click on each one to learn more about them.
Festivals and concerts are often large-scale events that take place in large venues, sometimes outdoors. These events involve working with live entertainers and performers, usually require strict scheduling and complex risk management.
Many festivals operate as their own business and organise their own events. Other festivals and concerts are organised by events management companies or venues with in-house events management teams.
Conventions, exhibitions and fairs bring together people, products or services to share ideas, raise awareness, or celebrate shared successes. They can focus on a wide range topics, and vary in size and scale.
Conventions, exhibitions and fairs may operate as their own business and organise their own events, however they may also be organised by in-house events management teams or by external events management companies.
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Conferences and meetings are usually professional events that bring together individuals or companies to discuss a particular topic.
Companies may have their own teams to organise conferences and meetings, however there are many external companies that exist to organise these events on behalf of others.
Cultural events are celebrations or festivals that relate to the culture of a particular nationality, ethnicity, religion or other group. Some examples of cultural events include Diwali, Día de Muertos, and Carnaval in Brazil.
A number of organisations exist to organise cultural events, such as Pride in London. However, many other companies and events management companies will organise their own cultural events.
Companies may seek to run an event to launch or promote a product or service. These events can vary widely in their format and style, and may be either large or small in size. Examples range from presentations to pop-up shops. Often organisations dealing with these types of events are sometimes referred to as Event Production companies, involving highly technical staff who are experts in sound and lighting innovations. Find out more about events production.
Celebrations, weddings and ceremonies are of high demand in the events management industry. Other than weddings, these could include birthdays, graduations, seasonal parties and other personal events.
There are a number of companies that organise celebrations and weddings for clients and customers. Many experienced events managers also work freelance to organise these events.
Training & qualifications
Although it is not essential to gain additional qualifications or training, you could take a short course in Events Management to help your CV to stand out. Courses are offered by a number of different schools, colleges and institutions, and can often be taken online or by distance learning. You can find a great number of courses by searching online.
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You may want to take a short course in Events Management to help your CV to stand out. Courses are offered by a number of different schools, colleges and institutions, and can often be taken online or by distance learning. You can find a great number of courses by searching online on websites such as the Meetings Industry Association or the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers.
Finalists may want to apply to Quarter’s Events and Hotel Management Graduate Scheme based in Bristol. Quarter is a leading hospitality company, operating a number of businesses across Bristol. This is a rotation-based scheme that will give you experience across Quarter’s bars, restaurants, hotels and in their head office, with the opportunity to progress quickly within the company. For more details and information, click here.
Your choice of modules during your degree is an excellent opportunity to build specific skills and knowledge that will aid you in your career path.
Many of the modules on offer in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies will give you valuable team work, writing and critical problem-solving skills, but there is not a specific set of modules that are particularly relevant to Events Management.
You may also like to consider taking SSI2001 - Learning from Work Experience in Social Sciences, as this can give you the opportunity to develop additional experience and skills through a practical work placement.
Many find that undertaking an internship while studying or during holidays gives them invaluable skills for their CV, and also gets a foot in the door with companies that may then consider hiring as a result of their performance during an internship.
There are paid and unpaid event management opportunities in a wide range of organisations in the public, private and third sectors. These may be event management companies or in-house departments. Your choice of company to intern for should be based on what kind of events you are interested in, as well as ideally with a company that you are interested in or share an ethos with.
You can perform an internship search on the Handshake and other websites.
Postgraduate courses may give you the edge over other candidates without them, but it may be a better use of your time to get first-hand experience in the industry through internships or placements.
If you are considering further study, you can search for available Masters qualifications at findamasters.com.
Extra-curricular activities are hugely important to any job search, and can really make you stand out in comparison to other graduates.
There are many opportunities to gain extra experience during your time at university, but below are some examples of things you could consider.
We have split this into Student's Guild and Student Union opportunities and Volunteering, and have highlighted some of the options that are most relevant to Events Management. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you have something specific in mind you can do your own research on the Guild or SU website or online.
Joining societies and getting involved with the Students' Guild or Student Union activities is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience for your CV and show your dedication to your chosen field or career path.
Below is a list of some Societies or student groups that you might consider joining in order to give your skill set a boost and make yourself stand out from the crowd.
- Raise And Give (RAG) – offers a variety of events management opportunities to support charitable fundraising.
- Raise and Donate Penryn
- Politics Society – runs a range of events including guest speakers and social events.
- Falmouth and Exeter Politics Society
- Debating Society – organises and hosts regular debating events.
- Debating Union Penryn
You can develop skills in any of the societies, and many societies will organise events for their members, so take a look at the full lists of societies and choose some that are relevant to your interests. Committee positions in any society will show valuable skills such as team work, organisation and inter-personal skills.
Volunteering is another excellent opportunity to show your commitment to events management and the industry.
There are several different ways you can volunteer locally, so you can find something that suits your interests and gives you the skills you are looking for.
- Cornwall Pride
- Exeter Phoenix – Exeter Phoenix regularly hosts a variety of arts, cultural and music events, and volunteering is an excellent way of gaining experience working with live entertainment events.
- National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) – RAMM organises and runs a range of exhibitions, talks and workshops, and getting involved will give you excellent events management skills working front of house and behind the scenes.
- Exeter Respect Festival – Exeter Respect is an annual festival that celebrates diversity through performing and creative arts. Volunteering for Exeter Respect will give you valuable experience working with large-scale events or festivals.
There are a great number of other local venues, charities, and festivals that will have volunteering opportunities relevant to events management. It is best to find something that you are interested in to make the most out of volunteering.
Below, you can find feeds of the current jobs, events and mentors available through The Career Zone that are relevant to the Events Management sector.
Click on any of the links to be taken to the specific page.
The Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability scheme which matches experienced professionals with a mentee (current student or recent graduate), to meet monthly for sector insights and one to one careers advice and guidance over a six month period.