By: Ela Wojtasik
Event coordinators take care all aspects of events and professional meetings. Some of their responsibilities include arranging locations, meeting with clients, taking care of the finances, and booking food services. Event planners must know how to multi-task as well as have a flexible work schedule. A good event planner is a good negotiator, has social skills, knows how to budget, and is organized.
To become an event coordinator it is good to have at least a bachelors' degree. Some majors related to this career are hospitality management, communications, and public relations. Many employers also prefer if you have one or two years of work experience.
Most event coordinators work for private companies. About 1 in 10 have their own business. Event planners spend time in an outside of an office. They can be at meetings or visiting hotels and convention centers. Their work is very fast paced and most have to work additional hours.
Similar Occupations: food service manager, fundraiser, and travel agent
High School Preparation
Some courses that would help and are offered at Leyden are entrepreneurship, the work program, hotel and travel, marketing, and business. Some clubs that would help you gain a little experience are class advisory and student council. You could also get an internship or shadow an event planner to get experience.
How To Be An Event Planner