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Events manager

Events managers organise and run promotional, business and social events.

Annual Salary

£17,000 to £80,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; away from home

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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • discussing what the client wants
  • coming up with original ideas for events
  • agreeing budgets and timescales with the client
  • researching venues, contacts and suppliers, and negotiating prices
  • 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

You'll also be:

  • ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed
  • managing a team

Working environment

You could work at events, at a client's business or on festival sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
University

You can take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • events management
  • marketing
  • communications

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

There is no set entry route to become an events manager but it may be useful to do a relevant course like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management

Some courses in travel and tourism may include an events planning option.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
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Apprenticeship

You could do an events assistant advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Work

You could start as an admin assistant in a marketing or public relations department and work your way up through training and promotion.

Volunteering and work experience

Paid or unpaid work as a crew member at large events or exhibitions can be a good way to get experience and build contacts in the industry.

Direct application

You can apply directly if you have 2 to 3 years' experience of working in public relations, marketing or hospitality.

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Career tips

You could start by organising events and activities for your family, friends, school or college.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Association of Event Organisers and Eventia for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an events manager from:Association of Event Organisers; Hospitality Guild

With experience and a good track record, you could run events that have larger budgets and eventually progress to management.

You could work freelance or set up your own events management business.

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Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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