January 08, 2019
By Amrutha Sarayu

What do people seek to become when starting their professional careers?

If you ask this question, you will normally get the following answers – a highly respected doctor, a top software engineer in an MNC, a high-flying pilot, or a successful lawyer in a legal firm.

However, as the world becomes more global, and more people opt for unconventional jobs, event planning is a field that has found increasing traction among the youth as a long-term career choice.

The history of event planning can be traced back to the ancient and medieval ages, when royalty and wealth were showcased in flamboyant displays of opulent parties, celebrations, feasts and parades. As society progressed and we entered the Industrial Age, it became necessary to organise meetings and events so that businesses could collaborate, realise synergies and flourish.

Today, event planning has become a much sought-after job for those who love organisational challenges, are eager to explore and nurture their creative side, enjoy interacting with people, and are struck by wanderlust.

When you plan an event, you not only take responsibility to ensure that the end-result is a spectacular success both in terms of business and value aspects, but also gain important life lessons that help you become a smart decision-maker.

If you are still not convinced, here are five solid reasons why event planning is a great career choice for you:

#5 Discover New Realms of Creativity

To plan an event, you need creativity more than anything else. Even a well-planned event could turn out to be a damp squib if it is just a run-of-the-mill affair. As a successful event planner, you will need to brainstorm a lot of new, creative ideas, and think out-of-the-box to make the event a truly memorable one. Working alongside other highly-driven event professionals will motivate you to churn out unique ideas and let you attain a level of creativity that you wouldn’t find with any other job.

#4 Explore Different Cultures Globally

Do you love to travel? Does your current job require you to be glued to a computer screen eight hours a day? Then it’s high time you considered a switch to event planning! Travelling around the globe, meeting different people and learning about their cultures is an enriching experience that most of us can only dream of. When you plan an event for clients based in various oriental and occidental countries, you absorb the idiosyncrasies of their customs and traditions to create a special occasion. This in itself is a deeply rewarding experience.

#3 Improve Your Organisational Abilities

The very nature of event planning is that you must be organised and self-disciplined to ensure things move along in a smooth manner. From looking for different ways to simply the planning process to leveraging big data and using the latest event tech to make your project a huge success, you will need to wrap several organisational roles together. Your decision-making powers will improve significantly, you will learn to optimise time and resources for maximum output and witness a remarkable change in your personal self.

#2 Excellent Career Growth, Continuous Learning, Flexibility

As an event planner, you are on your toes all the time. You are not restricted to a specific role but need to utilise your existing skills as well as learn new ones to handle different situations. It is a field where your career is never stuck in a rut but always evolving to help you face various challenges and offer new learnings. Moreover, the flexible nature of event planning ensures you can plan your work around your personal schedule, instead of the other way round! And last but not the least, if you pick up the pace of learning fairly quickly, the pay and perks are abundant.

#1 Glamour, Glitz, Gratification

Event planning is a field of glamour and glitz where you get bragging rights of being pally with the crème de la crème. Planning a big event means you get to work with the likes of CEOs, CFOs and other high-level executives on a regular basis. On the occasional star-studded event, you also get to rub shoulders with movie celebrities and famous sports personalities. For these reasons alone, it is regarded among the most satisfying jobs across the world. So if you jump on the ship of event planning, you will embark on a journey of growth, learning and intrigue that you wish never ends!

Amrutha Sarayu

Amrutha Sarayu

Amrutha is a content writer and marketer at Cvent. She mainly writes about the meetings and events industry, with a special focus on technology that is designed for making the lives of planners easier. When not writing, she can be found taking part in reading challenges or watching food videos on YouTube. 
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