How to become an engagement manager: Farhana's story

Meet Farhana and learn more about her position as an engagement manager for Manchester Pride. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I volunteered with a charity that worked with refugees and asylum seekers... that changed what I wanted to do with my career

  • Farhana works as an engagement manager for Manchester Pride. A key part of her role is to develop the engagement strategy for Manchester Pride. This involves developing relationships with, and supporting, the LGBT+ community as well as working with businesses and charities to develop new projects which aim to campaign for LGBT+ rights

  • At school, Farhana wanted to be a journalist and went to university to study English Literature and English Language. However, after volunteering with refugees, she realised she wanted a career where she could make a difference

  • Farhana's favourite things about her job are working with an organisation that's fighting for LGBT+ equality and building new relationships with people

  • According to Farhana, the key skills you need for this role are:

    • be able to build relationships
    • be organised
    • be good at prioritising
  • When choosing your career, Farhana suggests to try as many things as possible. "Don't worry if you start down a career path and change your mind", she says, as many of the skills you learn are transferable.

What to expect if you want to be an engagement manager

A similar role to this is an events manager

  • Events manager salary: £17,000 to £80,000 per year
  • Events manager working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week. You may work evenings, weekends and bank holidays
  • Typical entry requirements: You can get this role through a university course, college course, an apprenticeship, volunteering or applying directly.
    You can take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in events management, marketing or communications. You'll usually need 1 or 2 A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree or higher national diploma or 2 - 3 A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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