Pretty decor, friendly faces, and the excitement for the big day! From an early age, I have always been fascinated by people coming together to celebrate the precious moments in life. As curious as I was about people behind the scenes in event planning, I had no idea how to become a part of the events community. Here are some tips & suggestions on how to get involved in the event planning industry!
How to Get Involved in the Event Planning Industry
It’s always beneficial to do some research before starting something new. Research the skills, qualifications, and responsibilities that it takes to become an event planner. Time management is a huge aspect in event planning. If you are in school or have another job, make sure you are able and willing to set time aside each week to work on tasks for the events. It’s also important to read blogs and visit event planners websites and social media to see exactly what they do and if that’s something you are interested in.
After doing some research and ensuring event planning is something you want to commit to, reach out to some event planners in your area. This part may be a little scary because you’re putting yourself out there, but it will be worth it. A great way to start the conversation is by expressing that you are interested in event planning and by asking questions. “What made you want to become an event planner?”, “How did you get involved in event planning?”, “What tips do you have for someone who wants to plan events?” These are all good questions to ask. Take that opportunity to talk to a planner in person, and plan your questions in advance.
Networking is an important skill to have in any occupation. Talk to friends, family members, or coworkers that have connections with an event planner to get in contact with. The event community is all about networking through social media, referrals, and relationships among different businesses. If you go to an event, introduce yourself to the event planner (if they have a free moment) and give them your card or contact information.
Sometimes event planners are unable to hire people to be a part of their team. If that is the case, you can offer to volunteer. Although event planning could be done independently, it’s a lot easier when there are more people helping. Volunteering to help with events will show others that you are motivated, passionate, and committed. Gaining experience though volunteering is also an effective way to build your resume for future event planning employers.
Say Yes to Opportunities
No matter how big or small the opportunity is, always try and say yes to it. A lot of event planners start their careers by being involved in planning a wedding or event for a loved one and realize that’s the job for them. It will take some time to get your name out there and to get experience, but your work will pay off. Every planner has a different story about how they got involved in event planning, and that’s just one reason that makes this job so special.
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