Graduate Job Profile - Events Manager

Events managers plan and co-ordinate a variety of events both corporate and social. They may specialise in exhibitions, conferences, product launches, fundraising events, festivals, weddings and parties.

Event managers work for agencies or as part of an in-house team for a larger organisation. The main responsibilities include creating budget and venue proposals, booking venues, entertainment, hiring equipment, selecting and managing caterers, designers and sub-contractors, managing finances and monitoring the effectiveness of an event.

Working long, irregular hours is common and it is often necessary to work weekends. This is a competitive market and industry related qualifications or relevant work experience will help you get a foot in the door.

Career progression is based on ability and success with your current role. Taking on additional responsibility and demonstrating a work-hard attitude will earn recognition potentially leading to promotion.

New entrants starting out in event are likely to earn between £14,000 - £17,000. This can rise to £21,000 to £35,000 with experience and bonuses are often built into the package. Many senior events managers earn up to £40,000 but salaries vary depending on the size, nature and location of the company. Many events organisers go on to set up their own business within the same industry.

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