Career outlook for events manager

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would organise all sorts of promotional, business and social events. You’d make sure they run smoothly and that everyone who attends has a great time.

You would control the whole project and lead a team who will help with planning at the start to running the event on the day.

You would:

  • Discuss what the client wants
  • Come up with original ideas for events
  • Agree budgets and timescales with the client
  • Research venues, contacts and suppliers
  • Negotiate prices with suppliers and contractors
  • Book venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies
  • Hire and supervise contractors such as caterers and security
  • Publicise the event

You’d make sure that everything runs smoothly on the day and that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed.

You might specialise in organising particular types of event, such as

  • Parties and weddings
  • Exhibitions and conferences
  • Live cultural events
  • Music festivals
  • Product launches
  • Fundraising events

You’d need good people skills and be able to deal with lots of things at once. Being positive, enthusiastic and motivated will help you create special events that people remember.

Working conditions


You would generally work standard office hours, although as event dates get nearer you may work long and unsocial hours. You may also go to events in the evenings and at the weekend.


Most of your work would take place indoors. However, some events may be held outside.


You would have to travel to events and meetings. Some events may also involve overseas travel.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Verbal communication
  • Creative
  • Problem solving
  • Working with numbers
  • Researching
  • Attention to detail
  • Developing a plan
  • Negotiating
  • Taking responsibility

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You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

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Most events organisers have a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7), Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in subjects such as:

  • Event or Hospitality Management
  • Public Relations
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Media

To enter a degree (SCQF level 9/10) usually requires National 5 qualifications and a minimum of three Highers or a relevant HNC/HND. 

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses)
  • Business management
  • Administrative subjects
  • ICT subjects
  • Maths
  • Social studies subjects such as media

Helpful to have

Most entrants have worked in related jobs in sales, marketing, customer service, hotel and catering or public relations.

Useful to have experience, even volunteering, in a related area.