Did you miss the conversation with Event Planner Nina Jung? No worries! We have your top five tips from her presentation right here!
Nina is the event planner for Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has extensive experience in both the non-profit field as well as private planning companies. Her talk was extremely informative for anyone interested in planning and development, and she couldn’t stress the following enough:
1. Get that Internship! When you go out to apply for a job after graduation, the number one thing that companies look for is prior experience. Internships are an invaluable way of gaining that experience. Be creative! Look around for opportunities for planning experience that might be a little out of the box! Still concerned? Come to the Career Center!
2. Your major doesn’t matter, your skills do! The skills most event planning businesses are looking for? Multi-tasking, self-starting, detail oriented, budget management, and experience dealing with difficult and demanding clients.
3. Planning is not a 9-5 job. Especially when you’re starting out, the hours are long and unpredictable. Be prepared to give up those evenings and weekends! This may seem like a huge sacrifice, but as Nina points out, if you love your job, it won’t feel like work.
4. Event Planning is a small family…make sure you’re making a good impression on all of them. Burning bridges is the fastest way to push yourself out of the business. Keep your attitude positive and treat people with respect. It will take you a long way!
5. How to get started: check out hireculture.org and widgb.com for opportunities. Also check out hotels, vendors, destination management, corporate planning, and PR firms for something off-the-beaten-path.
Remember that it’s never too early to start networking and searching for that perfect opportunity! Event planning maybe not your thing? There will be weekly Career Conversations in the Spring…check them out and find your passion!