For many people, the question of whether they need to go to school or university is cut and dry; either they do, or they don't.
But for many other people, the decision to invest in further event planning education isn't so clear. Should you invest the time and money to go back to college? Or will an online course be enough to get you started?
If you are in a position where you are willing to do whatever it takes to get where you want to go, but need help deciding what's the best path to take, then this page is for you.
Before we go any further, however, please let me emphasize one thing. The event planning industry isn't like many other industries, where your degree can make or break you. In event planning, nothing counts more than experience.
You see, there is one thing you absolutely must understand: employers don't have the time or the resources to train you, even for an entry-level position.
So if you've been hoping to land a job by pleading "I really, really love event planning, and I just know I'll be good at it!".... then you're never going to get a call back for an interview.
As I explain in my downloadable eBook, Become an Event Planner: The Three Necessary Steps to Begin Your Career in Event Planning, there are three steps you simply must take in order to start your career:
- Learn everything you can about the industry
- Get experience
- Network like crazy
The best way to get experience as a beginner is to volunteer for events (I talk a lot more about that in the eBook as well). However, when you volunteer, those in position of authority don't have time to train you either.
The only way around this is to first learn everything you can about events, on your own.
So, how do you go about learning the industry?