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E XC L U S IVE F EAT U RE What is an Event Planner? An event planner is the person – or, sometimes, a group of people – who professionally organise an event, which can be anything from a wedding, stage performance, prom or conference to major worldwide events like the Superbowl, a presidential inauguration and festivities in New York’s Times Square during New Year’s Eve. Basically, any occasion that requires the gathering of people, where every detail, however minute, is taken care of, be it invitation, food, decoration, speech, and everything else in between. Nature of Work As an event planner, you need to keep everything under control and be extremely organised. An eye for detail is fundamental, as you need to be on top of things. Depending on the event, there can be a lot of guests to call, decorations to choose, food to taste, and people to supervise. No detail is too small for the event planner. However, if you hate routine, then this is not a job for you, as there is nothing routine about event planning. Qualifications and Training Though there are no universal education requirements, some basic training is needed to improve key skills. Event planners can complete any bachelor’s degree programmes in hospitality, communications and public relations. Some hospitality degree programmes offer concentrations in event planning. Among the classes you need to attend would be marketing, facilities operations, media relations and cost control strategies. Once again, this is not obligatory but it will sure make an event planner stand out from the rest. Skills and Traits First, event planners need creativity as they have to come up with lots of great ideas, even ground-breaking ones, sometimes even with a small budget. Second, organisation skills are essential, so that everything runs smoothly as planned. Nothing can go unsupervised – all within a given budget. So, an event planner has to know how to manage a client’s money correctly and responsibly. An event planner has to be versatile enough to work with what is available at hand, and often with a team. So, no egos or class distinctions here. Many times things will not go as planned, so a planner has to be flexible enough to improvise on theoriginal plan and fix any problem. Although most event planners usually have these skill sets in them already, with enough practice, anyone can become a notable event planner. Each successful portfolio will only heighten your status further, and lead to more events to manage. easyuni Guide 2015 Issue 6 35