HOW TO BOOK YOURSELF A ROLE IN EVENT MANAGEMENT
Courses in event management are run through TAFE, online providers, and some universities as part of marketing or communications degrees. Generally some level of tertiary qualification to provide an understanding of the principles of the role is beneficial for someone who is hoping to start in that kind of role. However, volunteering at local council or other community events could help lead to part-time or other job opportunities in the industry.
A good event manager needs plenty of soft skills like being organised and efficient with time. There is a need to be adaptable and flexible as the job will entail being thrown challenges and disruptions to your plans from all angles. Also, being creative and inventive is something that will set you apart from other event managers. Don’t be afraid to try something new or take an idea from someone and improve on it.
The average salary of an event manager can range from $50,000 to $80,000 but this can vary depending on the industry and type of events under their responsibility. Owner-operators could earn more.
WHO TO CONTACT
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia is the peak industry association for those in the business of trade and consumer expos and events. For more information, head online to eeaa.com.au
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