I Want to Work in … Events Management
What is an event?
It could be:
- A trade fair
- A charity fundraiser
- A wedding
- A conference
- A sporting event
- A concert
- A dog show
- A street festival
- An awards ceremony
- A corporate day out
or many other things - even a graduate recruitment fair!
What do event managers do?
PROFILE: Events Manager
INVOLVES: Sales, marketing to potential exhibitors & customers, selecting venues, event co-ordination - liaising with caterers, contractors & stand designers, publicising events, public relations.
For a more detailed description see the Prospects Occupational Profile - Event Organiser for a description of the role and tasks involved
How do I get into events management?
There is no one way in, but you are unlikely to find a “graduate training scheme” in events management. Typical routes might be through:
- Office management/administration
- Public relations or promotional work
- Hotel or restaurant management
- Leisure and tourism
- Arts administration
Whatever route you choose, be prepared to start at the bottom – there are many opportunities for enthusiastic and flexible people to progress. Any relevant experience is worthwhile, even bar work or waiting on tables. Take any opportunity you can to gain experience of organising events on a small scale through University activities such as Rag or JCCs.
- Zibrant www.zibrant.com Event Management Agency based locally
- Cancer Research UK offers internships in events management and fundraising.
- Phoenix Leisure www.phoenixleisure.co.uk/index.html may be able to offer some students work as freelance team building/ event instructors during vacations.
- Exhibition organisations www.tsnn.co.uk
- Imagination Ltd www.imagination.co.uk
- Reed Exhibitions http://reedexpo.jobs
- Sodexho www.sodexo.co.uk
- Theme Traders www.themetraders.com
- JobServe Events www.jobserveevents.com
- Green Ant Event Management and Party Planners www.greenantevents.com they offer student placements, and opportunities for employment on graduation.
These can be helpful but should not be relied upon to find you a job – you will need to be proactive and make speculative applications. Usually, they will expect candidates to have relevant skills (especially office/secretarial skills) and/or experience. For guidelines on using recruitment agencies and a listing of more generalist agencies, go to www.kent.ac.uk/careers/recruit.htm
- Albany Appointments www.albany-appointments.co.uk - media and conference recruitment
- Eligo www.eligo.co.uk specialise in events recruitment
- ESP Recruitment www.esprecruitment.co.uk events and hospitality recruitment agency
- Event Jobs Net www.event-jobs.net
- Jobs in Events www.jobsinevents.com
- Live Recruitment www.live-recruitment.co.uk audio visual and events industry jobs.
- Regan & Dean www.regananddean.co.uk
- SpringBoard UK www.springboarduk.org.uk/careers careers information and jobs board.
- Evcom www.evcom.org.uk the official trade body of the events and live marketing industry
- The Association for Conferences and Events www.exhibitions.co.uk
- Association of Event Organisers www.aeo.org.uk
- Society of Event Organisers www.seoevent.co.uk
- Meetpie.com www.meetpie.com meetings and events industry portal
- Wedding Planners Guild UK www.weddingplannersguilduk.com
Publications and Other Useful Sites
- International Production Directory 'The White Book' www.whitebook.co.uk lists conference and events companies. Available for reference at Careers Reception.
- Hollis Business Entertainment: the annual guide to corporate hospitality and events. Available for reference at Careers Reception.
- Event www.eventmagazine.co.uk
- Mad www.mad.co.uk
- Access All Areas www.access-aa.co.uk
- List of events throughout the UK www.exhibitions.co.uk
- University of Kent BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/eventandexperiencedesign. Covers a broad area of practice. Festivals, branding and marketing agencies, museums, entertainment venues and tourist attractions draw increasingly on the talents of professional event designers and producers. Kent’s international team of lecturers includes leading creative events professionals and academics. While studying you will create and present events of different scales in the in house production facilities and inside and outside the inspiring spaces in the Historic Dockyard, the superb location where the School is based. Students gain a range of skills and have gone on to be employed in some of the most dynamic events agencies in the UK, M-is, Ingenious Productions, Metro Broadcast, White Label UK and further afield at the Prestige Graphic Group Asia in Hong Kong and AMCASIA in Kuala Lampur. Others are working for leading brands such as Ralph Lauren, Vilebequin and Crayola.
- Leeds Beckett University www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk MSc in Events Management
- Event Management Training www.eventtr.co.uk private training in central London. Offers a work placement in conjunction with a taught course.
Last fully updated 2016