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How to Become an Event Manager

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What do I need to study to become an Event Manager?

Start an exciting new career as a hospitality strategic leader with this specialised Master of International Hospitality Management course from Edith Cowan University.

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Definition of Event Manager

Event Managers are responsible for overseeing the organisation and execution of all types of functions; from office parties, conventions and conferences to concerts, food festivals and sporting events.

From start to finish, the Event Manager is involved in almost every aspect of planning and running an event. They meet with clients to discuss budgets and expectations, define the desired style and determine the objectives of the event.



Once objectives have been set, the Event Manager liaises with vendors, caterers, venue coordinators and other specialists to develop a plan of attack. They book locations and catering, interview staff and contractors and organise ticket sales and equipment hire; all while monitoring and working within the constraints of the client’s budget.



An Event Manager is also typically on-site during the event to monitor staff, resolve issues and guarantee that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Additionally, they are responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the event comply with local regulations and health and safety standards.

What are the responsibilities of an Event Manager ?

  • Meeting with clients to determine event requirements, budgets, styles and objectives.
  • Developing and presenting plans, designs and schedules.
  • Negotiating and booking event services such as venues, catering, performers, decorators and staff.
  • Organising equipment specifications and hire.
  • Arranging ticketing or registration of attendees.
  • Creating and implementing event marketing and promotions.
  • Overseeing work of contractors, managing staff and resolving issues on-site.

Career Outlook for Event Manager

The average age of people working as is 35 with 24.10% of them being male. 76.40% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 37.6 hours per week.

 

Unemployment is below average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $1,313 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 25,900 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be very strong, with numbers around 31,400 in 2020.