Event Planning Classes

Which College Courses are Best to Start
Your Event Planning Career

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First of all, if you are just starting or are in the middle of your college career, congratulations for planning out your career this far in advance! Your proactive approach toward researching your options this early shows that you are already cut out for success.

As you may have discovered, event planning classes at colleges and universities are very rare; and event planning degrees are nearly non-existent (click here to read about the few schools or universities that offer event planning classes, programs, or degrees ).

So what if you are attending a school or university that doesn't offer event planning classes; but you know you want to pursue a career in events. What should you do?

It's important to realize that event planning is not like many other fields, where your degree can make or break you.  It's not like becoming a doctor,or a teacher, or an engineer; in the event planning industry, your degree is relatively insignificant. However, it IS important to HAVE a degree; so definitely go to school!

This means that you have to take it upon yourself to learn all about event planning on your own. No employer has time to train beginners, and so you simply must learn about the basics of event planning (even if your university or college doesn't offer any classes). I know, it doesn't seem fair; but until event planning becomes more widely accepted as a career path, then there aren't going to be a lot of options.

(If you are interested in taking an online course to learn the basics of the industry and how to plan events, click here to learn all about the Event Planner Course).

However, since you do need a degree, you might as well pursue education that will help with your future. Therefore, I suggest the following:

  • If you have a "second runner up" passion or desire for a career, then take courses that will assist with that choice. For example, if you want to be an event planner OR a writer, then pursue a degree in Journalism (in addition, of course, to any event planning classes that are offered, if they are offered at all). If you want to be an event planner OR a teacher, then pursue classes in education. That way, if your event planning career doesn't pan out for any reason, then you are ready to pursue your second choice career.
  • If you have your heart set on becoming an event planner, then I would strongly encourage you to pursue a degree in Business, with a minor in Marketing. I suggest this for two reasons: Many people who go into event planning eventually decide to open their own business; therefore a Business degree will prove essential. If, again, event planning doesn't work out for you, or if you decide after fifteen years of the business to go in another direction, a Business degree applies to just about any career path you might someday choose.
  • Similarly, a Communications degree would be a good choice. Although not as widely applicable as a Business degree, a Communications degree would create a good foundation which would prove useful in event planning.
  • And finally, many schools offer a Hospitality degree. This is also a good choice, however research this carefully. Many Hospitality degrees focus mostly on restaurant management and often hotel management, in addition to offering a few event planning classes. While the hotel side could apply toward an event planning career, it is not ideal (unless you want to go into Convention Services, which is the "event planner" within a hotel); and the restaurant courses are a waste of your time (unless, of course, restaurant management is an interesting option for you).  
  • If you are considering a Hospitality degree, ask your institution for a detailed syllabus of the courses they offer, and decide if this is for you. Also, be aware that a Hospitality degree does not have the open-ended possibilities as a Business or Communications degree does. 

But how do I learn about Event Planning?

Yes, you are correct. If you can't attend one of the few universities that has an event planning program, then you still need to learn the basics of how to plan events.

As I mentioned before, in these tough economic times, potential employers simply do not have the time or the resources to train beginners on how to plan events. They want someone who can hit the ground running. Therefore, pleading with them to "just give you a chance" because you "really, really want to become an event planner and just know I'd be great at it" won't work.

You need to impress them with a resume and cover letter that shows them you know at least the basics of planning and the industry lingo. If you can't do this, then you'll never even be given the interview.

While researching courses to recommend to my readers, I was astounded to find out that most of them are full of useless fluff. For more on this, click on this link to read my reviews on online event planning courses.

After seeing the lack of quality information out there, I decided to create a much more affordable, and yet much more applicable, course. You do need to learn the basics of event planning; after all, how can you do a job you don't know how to do?

Check out my own fluff-free, affordable online Event Planner Course. It could be the smartest move you make toward your career!


But Knowledge Alone isn't Enough

And the most important advice I can give you?   While taking classes, GET EXPERIENCE!

While event planning classes, education, and training are important, nothing is more important to getting a job in event planning then having hands-on experience.

Get involved with the event planning team at a sorority or fraternity, or other equivalent group. See if you can get involved with homecoming events, parent-day events, or anything else that is hosted by your school.

Also remember that there are plenty of events happening in your community that aren't related to the school.   Marathons, Race for Cure, the Avon Walk, Oktoberfests...and the list goes on and on. 

However, the market is so competitive these days, that even many volunteer positions require that you know the basics and the lingo. Therefore, unless you are able to attend a university that offers event planning classes, you simply must take it upon yourself to learn everything on your own.

You are at the prime time in your career to get it started off on the right foot. Take the time and energy to invest in volunteering; and I can guarantee it will shape the rest of your career!


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