How to become an events manager: Emily's story

Meet Emily, 24, from Belfast, who works in London as a festival production manager. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

The best thing about my job is just the variety – conferences, seminars, major festivals and public events. It takes a lot of hard work and extremely long hours sometimes. But, overall, it's really good fun.

  • Emily decided further education wasn't for her and she wanted a hands-on job
  • Most of the year, Emily works on site at events, but she also spends some time in the office to plan them
  • Emily uses maths and English skills every day for keeping track of costs and communicating instructions to the wider production team.

What to expect if you want to be an events manager

Emily organises live events like shows and music festivals, but event management as a career is very broad. You can be responsible for organising all kinds of promotional, business, or social events.

  • Events manager salary: £17,000 to £80,000 per year
  • Events manager working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: There are university courses in subjects like Events Management, Marketing, and Communications that can be useful starting points for a career as an events manager. However, there is no set entry route. It may be useful to do a relevant course at college like Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning or Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management. Paid or unpaid work as a crew member at large events or exhibitions can be a good way to get experience and build contacts in the industry.

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

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