What does an Event Manager do?
Companies use Event Coordinator to organise and oversee their events so that the outcome will have the desired impact on their target audience. Event Coordinators plan budgets, manage logistics and security, set deadlines for teams and co-ordinate post-event operations. They meet with other departments to determine the details and goals of events. Event Coordinators ensure that vendors deliver on time, and the event venue is ready. Typical work weeks for Event Coordinators averages about 38 hours. They often have to work away from home and in the outdoors during evenings, weekends and on bank holidays.
Event Coordinator skills and qualifications
A successful Event Coordinator candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications, these include:
- In-depth understanding of event management procedures
- Excellent organisational and coordination skills
- Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
- Proficiency in digital event promotion tools such as social media channels
- Customer service skills
- Understanding of key performance indicators in events management
- Proficiency in project management tools
- Excellent multitasking and task prioritisation skills
Event Coordinator experience requirements
In-depth knowledge of public relations, hospitality management, project management and product development is essential for Event Coordinators. Previous experience with local rules and regulations guiding social and corporate events, human resources management and vendor management are also desirable for Event Coordinators. Some employers require Event Coordinators to have worked with large corporate accounts and have experience in planning virtual and live events at local and international levels. There may also be specific experience requirements based on the company or industry. Most Event Coordinator candidates need a minimum of two years of industry experience.
Event Coordinator education and training requirements
Event Coordinators typically require a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in events management, communications, marketing or advertising. Some employers consider candidates with a Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning or a Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management. Employers also recruit Event Coordinators through an Events Assistant advanced apprenticeship. Some companies select Event Coordinators from the marketing or public relations department. Employers may also consider people with experience in marketing, hospitality or public relations for an Event Manager role even if they don&’t have educational qualifications.
Event Manager salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for Event Coordinator candidates in the UK is £30,054 per year. The actual pay may depend on the employer, industry, location, job duties and responsibilities, experience and skills.
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