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Five careers where event organisation skills can be useful

Artifax - August 10, 2020

The events sector is blessed with a surfeit of extremely skilled and multi-talented individuals thanks to the demanding nature of putting together successful events, and although we’d love to keep this talent in the industry, there are other attractive career options to consider. While we’re fortunate that our work is as fast-paced and varied as it is, and as rewarding as it is challenging, it can sometimes be tempting to consider exploring where else we might put our skills to use.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of event-related skills that we consider highly transferable, along with some suggested careers where we feel these skills would be useful.

Five careers where event organisation skills can be useful

What skills can event organisers boast?

As it happens, we wrote about skills that are useful for organising events a while back in a post entitled ‘Ten essential skills for an expert event organiser’ so rather than reinventing the wheel, we’ll borrow from there. The skills we identified at the time were organisational skills, budgeting, time management, stress management, creativity, flexibility, people skills, communication, leadership and sales and negotiation. Read on for some careers you could consider if you can lay claim to some or all of these skills.

1. Teaching

Skills required: organisational skills, time management, stress management, creativity, flexibility, people skills, communication, leadership

Well, we didn’t specify that the suggested careers had to be enjoyable, did we? Joking aside, teaching is a great career choice for many, especially those who love sharing knowledge and watching young people learn. And it just so happens that many of the skills you’ve picked up while working in events will lend themselves perfectly to this career. Obviously if you’re not looking at primary education, a subject-specific knowledge is a must (sadly event management isn’t yet taught at GCSE) and you’ll also need to complete training in the skill of teaching, but the people skills, organisation, stress management and other abilities that you’ve learned in your events career will stand you in good stead – and you’d surely make an inspiring teacher, right?
Skills required: budgeting, time management, stress management, creativity, flexibility, people skills, communication, sales and negotiation

2. Marketing

Whether you work in-house for a company’s marketing department, hire yourself out as a freelancer or provide services through an agency, marketing involves working to limited budgets and tight deadlines to produce creative work that helps an organisation build or strengthen relationships with its target audience. A lot of events are all about marketing a specific brand or company, and every single one involves plenty of promotional activity, so you’ll be starting with a strong footing if you ever choose to enter into this career. And as you’ll be working closely with your colleagues and clients – whose needs and demands you’ll need to satisfy – an ability to ‘get’ people is also a must.

3. TV and film work

Skills required: organisational skills, budgeting, time management, stress management, creativity, flexibility, people skills, communication

With so many people and moving parts involved, the process of shooting a TV show or movie can be considered an event in itself, so you should feel completely at home in many jobs within the television industry. The need to bring your creative skills to the fore and use your problem-solving abilities to find solutions when things seem impossibly challenging and stress levels are high will bring out the best in you, and you’ll be considered a valuable member of your team. Of course, depending on your existing skillset there may well be a variety of new things to learn, but being adaptable will put you in a good position to achieve success if you’re motivated and really put your mind to it.

4. Project manager

Skills required: organisational skills, budgeting, time management, stress management, creativity, flexibility, people skills, communication, leadership, sales and negotiation

As you know, an event is itself a project, so if you’ve managed one then you already have the basic skills needed to manage any project – in other words, every single skill on our list. Leading a team to achieve a set goal within a given timeframe is second nature to you, and as long as you’re able to engage your ability to stay cool under pressure and respond to changing circumstances to get the best results out of any situation, you’ll be flying.

5. Upper management roles in any industry

Skills required: organisational skills, budgeting, time management, stress management, creativity, flexibility, people skills, communication, leadership, sales and negotiation

Obviously this one isn’t a specific career, and depending on the industry in question there will be other field-specific skills and knowledge required, but the fact is that a life in events will prepare you for the rigours and duties of management in any company. Making decisions on the fly to use available resources to their maximum potential, staying organised, remaining within time constraints and budgetary requirements and calmly motivating a team to achieve their best work while keeping smiles on their faces are all things that event organisers are expected to do without batting an eyelid, so this experience will stand you in good stead for many a management role.

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