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Event Planning Employment

When most people decide they'd like to plan events for a living, they mistakenly believe that they have only two options for finding work; either work for an event planning company, or open their own event planning business.  

In reality, you have a multitude of options for finding event planning work.  

The world of event planning is very vast, with many related branches that support it.  Once you "step out of the box" and realize that there are countless ways in which to find event planning employment, you increase your odds of getting work exponentially!

Some of the Many Ways in Which
You Can Work in Event Planning

There are many ways in which you can work in the exciting world of event planning; and you don't always have to necessarily be the main event planner!  

I am going to confess something that may shock some of you; I much prefer the days of travel directing or working as an assistant for local events than working as the head planner.  Being the "head cheese" brings a lot of stress with it.  Some people prefer to still have a hand in fantastic events, without all the stress of the entire event riding on your shoulders.  

Analyze what you truly want out of your job, and then see if one of these other event-related jobs is more your style!  

  • As an event planner (or, in the beginning, as an assistant) in an event or meeting planning company.  This is the most common perception of what planners do.  In this case you work for a company that does nothing but plan events for other companies.  
  • As an event planner within a large company.  Large companies such as Coca-Cola, Motorola, or Apple often have their own "in-house" planning departments that manage all of the events for that particular company.  
  • By starting your own business.  If you think you're ready to start your own business, please click here for my online course to help guide you!  
  • As an independent contractor.  Working as an independent is different than starting your own business.  As an independent, you are not an employee of any company; but often hire out to other planners or as *the* planner on a short-term basis.  
  • For a DMC (a Destination Management Company).  DMCs are the "local experts" in any given city, and work along with planners in providing everything from transportation to decor.  
  • For a hotel.  Nearly every hotel has in-house planners that manage events from the hotel's side of the event.  
  • For a venue.  Major event venues all have their own in-house planner.  
  • For a vendor.  Maybe you don't want to plan events, but just want to provide the decor for events; or the entertainment, or the audio-visual aspects.  
  • For production companies.  Production companies provide the staging, lighting, entertainment, and more "technical" side to large-production events such as concerts, large corporate meetings and conventions, or anything with a stage aspect.  

As you can see, there are many, many other ways in which you can work in event planning.  Each of these can be a career path, or also can offer experience as you work your way toward becoming an event planner.  By opening your mind to the other opportunities out there, you also increase your chances of finding work.  

However, in order to land even an entry-level or assistant position, you simply must know the basics of planning events; including the vast and mysterious event planner lingo.  To learn more about why you will never land an entry level position unless you know the basics of event planning (and what you need to know in order to get started), please click here to download my eBook.