How to become a production manager for festivals: 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 a production or events manager

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

Production Managers in this field are often called Events Managers

  • Events manager salary: £17,000 to £80,000 per year
  • Events manager working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week

What qualifications do you need as an events manager?

  • 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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