How to become an events assistant: Emma's story

Meet Emma and learn more about her job as an events assistant for Manchester Pride. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Volunteering is such a good way to pick up new skills.

  • Emma works as an events assistant manager helping her team to put on events throughout the year, the biggest of which is Manchester Pride

  • A key element of her job is to provide administrative support to the Events Team. This includes answering customer queries, liaising with the emergency services to work out logistical issues on festival days and working with charities attending the event

  • This year Emma has been in charge of the Family Zone which has been newly introduced to Manchester Pride. This included sourcing artists and getting relevant charities on board

  • According to Emma, the key skills you need for this role are time management, organisation and great communication skills

  • Emma's advice for getting into this industry is to do as much volunteering as you can and use it as an opportunity to find out what area you would most like to work in. She also recommends networking to both build up a network of relevant industry contacts and to gain communication skills.

What to expect if you want to be an events assistant

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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