An events coordinator is responsible for the production of events in a business, from the creation through to the completion of an event. Some of the events that you would be responsible for can be things such as exhibitions, weddings, conferences and product launches. Depending on the type of business you work for, the events that you will be responsible will vary. Events coordinators are used in all sectors; public, private and non-for-profit, giving great variation to the role.
As an events coordinator, some of the tasks you would carry out would typically be researching markets to identify opportunities for events, producing detailed proposals for events, coordinating suppliers and handling client queries.
If you are considering a job in events coordination, there are a few things you should consider;
- Do you consider yourself to be creative? As you will be expected to produce events, a creative mind is key.
- Are you a team player? Team work is vital in this role!
- Have you got excellent communication skills? Working in a team, dealing with clients and putting across ideas are some of the main aspects of this job role, all of which require good communication skills. A good communicator is a good coordinator.
- Are your organisational skills of a high standard? A coordinator must be highly organised in order to work correctly and efficiently.
You can begin your career in events from a variety of backgrounds. Initially, you can take a qualification which specializes in events, although not essential if you had relevant work experience. Some qualifications in the events sector are:
- Level 2 award/certificate in event planning
- Level 2 certificate in live events and promotion
The general starting salary for an entry level assistant role will be somewhere between £13,000 and £18,000. As you progress in the role, co-ordinators, officers and assistant managers can expect salaries from £16,000 to £35,000.