Career of the Week- Event Planners and Coordinators

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Do you enjoy having social contact in your work? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Are you good at organizing tasks and managing details? Do you like to travel and work flexible hours? If so this might be the career for you!
What?:
Event coordinators and planners organize events for groups of people. Events may include large scale events such as meetings, conferences, conventions, and weddings. Coordinators work to find out what customers want and need for the event including number of hotel rooms, meals, meeting rooms and social events. They also develop programs, budgets and services for the events and develop menus, advertisements, arrange set up and take down of events. Meeting with vendors to discuss plans and negotiate services is another task of event coordinators. Right before and during events, event coordinators and planners will walk around to make sure everything is going smoothly and according to plan. They will talk to those attending the event and make sure they are doing well. After the event they will evaluate events and services so they can improve future events.
Industries for event coordinators include: management, scientific, business, professional, labor, political, colleges, universities, traveler accommodation, special events and etc.
HOW?: Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing Education and Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies are popular majors for this career path and both are in the College of Education and Human Development! If you do not have one of these degrees you could still enter this field. People with a variety of educational or work backgrounds can become event planners! Employment is expected to grow faster than average.
For more information please visit:
iSeek Careers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics
Convention Industry Council
Society of Government Meeting Professionals
Professional Convention Management Association:
Meeting Professionals International: