Career in Event Management

Event Management in its basic sense means managing events/projects. There is of course a lot involved in this like planning the event, coordinating, identifying the target audience, work out the concepts for the event and a lot more.

Every wonder what goes into making an event successful? Surely all we know is that we attended the event, we knew where to find the food, the water, the deserts, but stop and think for a second. Where did all of that come from? We’re so occupied with enjoying the event that we never think of these details. A lot goes into making an event a success but at the end of it all, it is satisfying. 
Event Management is a high paying job that revolves around people coordinating various tasks, be it the most tedious or the most banal. As a course it involves studying facets like planning, coordinating, identifying the target audience of a product before its launch etc. Event Management graduates are trained in the following aspects:
  • Site surveying & design
  • Client service
  • Budget drafting
  • Procurement &Scheduling
  • Risk management
 

Top Colleges

Event management is a multi-billion dollar industry, growing rapidly, with conferences, meetings, trade shows and social events hosted on a daily basis all over the world. Given the tens of millions of events that take place worldwide annually, it offers a range of both part-time and full-time opportunities. Even with the recent economic slowdown there has been no change in this field. The route to a success in this industry is not related to your academic background. However, there are a few colleges that offer this course at the undergraduate level. Here are the top colleges at a glance.

INDIA

National Institute of Event Management& Development, Mumbai | National Academy of Event Management& Development, Ahmadabad | Indian Institute of Learning and Advanced Development, Haryana

UK

University of Hertfordshire |The University of Northampton | University of Glamorgan (Prifysgol Morgannwg) | University of Plymouth 

USA

University of California, Berkeley | Stanford University | Harvard University | Massachusetts Institute of Technology| University of Nevada, Las Vegas | University of Central Florida

Career Prospects

The Event Management industry comprises of events ranging from a simple breakfast meeting for corporate to managing the Olympics. The Event Management industry is constantly on the move. The numbers of talent-hunt competitions, fashion shows, academic functions, music concerts, exhibitions, and religious gatherings have shot up in the recent times.
You could work in the following domains:
  • Conference management companies
  • Large corporate organisations
  • Local government bodies
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Sporting organisations
  • Universities
 

Jobs & Salary

Here are some of the organisations you could work with as an Event Manager:
  • ADA  Event Management group
  • Core Management Consultants
  • Wizcraft
  • Cox and King
  • DNA Entertainment Networks Pvt.Ltd
Entrepreneurship is also a good option for these professionals. You could pick and choose the events that interest you, the people who you want to work with the place that you want to conduct the event at. But before you dive into the career, you should take up a job in an Event Management company or a media house that exclusively handles Event Management activities. Once you feel you have garnered ample experience you could start your own Event Management organisation or work as a freelancer.
The salary depends on the event, the larger the event, the bigger the paycheck. As event managers, there isn’t a set amount that they make from each event. 
 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Immense scope of making money
  • Growth prospects are faster than in other industries
  • Frequent opportunities to travel

Cons:

  • Long hours of work, sometimes through the weekends
  • Stressful
  • Too many responsibilities to shoulder 
 
 

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