Events Organiser Further Information
Event organisers, plan festivals, conferences, exhibitions, fairs, promotions, product launches, fundraising and social events. They are responsible for organising the venues right through to the decoration. The role of an event organiser is hands on, and usually means you will complete a wide range of activities within a team. An event organiser must be able to create ideas, and bring the ideas to life through the planned event.
If you decide to pursue this career you will be working in either of the following:
- The public or private sector
- An event management company
- An In-House company
- Non-profit sector
- Researching events venues and ideas
- Liaising with clients to discuss their event requirements
- Liaising with marketing and PR colleagues to promote the event
- Producing detailed proposals for events
- Securing bookings and suitable locations/venues
- Organising caterers, contractors and equipment hire
- Making sure there are facilities for first aid problems
- Selling sponsorship/stand/exhibition space to potential exhibitors/partners
- Liaising with clients and designers to create a brand for the event and organising the production of tickets, posters, catalogues and sales brochures
- Overseeing the dismantling and removal of the event and clearing the venue efficiently
- Agreeing to and managing a budget
Skills and Interests
- Have verbal and written communicational skills
- You must pay attention to detail
- Be able to work well under pressure
- Be a quick and innovative thinker
- Be able to work manually
- Be proactive with your work
- Have a dedicated and enthusiastic approach to work
- Possess excellent organisational skills
- Show an interest in event organising
It is unlikely that you will find a graduate training scheme in events management or a direct-entry job being advertised. Most companies recruit when opportunities arise and jobs are generally open to any graduate that is able to demonstrate the required skills, and qualities. Entry without a degree or HND is sometimes possible with relevant work experience. Organisations are keen to employ people that already have relevant experience in the field.
Promotional opportunities may involve moving from an assistant post to a team leader position. Career progression is usually determined after moving in between companies or setting up as a freelance events management consultant. You must build up a strong base of contacts to further your career in this area. The Salary Ranges are as follows:
- Starting salaries: £19,000 – £25,000.
- Mid-level salaries: £25,000 – £45,000.
- Senior level/with experience (e.g. after 10 to 15 years in the role): £50,000 – £70,000.