HOW TO BOOK YOUR­SELF A ROLE IN EVENT MAN­AGE­MENT

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ED­U­CA­TION

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.

MORE TRAIN­ING

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.

PAY SCALE

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

TOP GIG: Shangri-la ho­tel, The Ma­rina Cairns con­fer­ence sales ex­ec­u­tive Kylie Brand.

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