An Events Manager organises and runs a range of events. They see events through from start to finish, planning all the details and then afterwards assessing how they went. Working to set budgets and timescales, they come up with ideas and then research venues, contacts and suppliers. Negotiation skills are needed to get the best possible deals. An Events Manager then recruits a team of workers to ensure the smooth running of the event. This includes catering staff, security and medical support. During an event they support staff, manage the schedule and maintain health and safety regulations.
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Close work with the marketing and sales teams is needed to attract consumers to an event. An Events Manager briefs them on the schedule for the event, key appearances and suggests ideas. The marketing and sales teams then promote and publicise the event.
An undergraduate degree in Event Management, Hospitality, Marketing, Business or related field is beneficial but not essential. It is possible to work as an Events Manager without a degree. A Level 2 Award in Event Planning or Live Events and Promotion is similarly beneficial. However, employers prioritise key skills and relevant experience.
Experience of organising events is beneficial. This does not have to have been on a professional basis. Running events at schools, universities or in the community are all relevant. Work as a crew member at large events is also looked upon favourably. Experience within hospitality, sales, marketing or customer services can help an applicant move into Event Management.