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It would be true to say that working as an event planner is one of the most exciting professions there is in Australia. Requiring all of your resolves and testing your communication and event management skills, event planning is a huge industry in Oz worth $17bn a year!

So, do you have what it takes to work in the event industry? We hope to help you determine that here as we look at potential careers and the event management skills needed for success.

Potential Career Paths for Event Managers

While Event Manager is a role, it’s also a job description covering several positions. As such, several possibilities are open once you’ve acquired the key event management skills.

You could choose to specialise in:

  • Wedding management

  • Management of sporting events

  • Social media coordination

  • Corporate event planning

  • Fundraising manager

  • Event marketing

All of these possibilities exist both as part-time and full-time roles; however, we still haven’t yet covered an option - starting your own business.

Event Management Skills Needed to Run an Event Management Business

If you can launch your own successful event management business, the rewards can be huge. While the average salary for experienced event organisers is already an impressive $92,500k per year, your earning potential is limitless.

However, that’s not to say it’s easy - it’s far from it! As such, it will require a range of skills for success. They include:

  • A good head for figures, as you’ll be preparing budgets, doing your annual accounts, determining your pricing & making business forecasts.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication, as you will typically have many partnerships and teams, you’ll be liaising with in real-time.

  • Risk management knowledge will also be required, as keeping everyone safe at any client events you’re in charge of.

  • Good problem-solving skills, as events don’t always go to plan in the real world, you’ll often need to think on your feet.

  • Great time management. Any great event relies upon all relevant timelines being coordinated to the minute.

  • Strong decision-making abilities. Again, you’ll regularly find yourself in a position where you must make an important judgment call or two.

  • Digital marketing expertise. No one will come to your client events if you don’t have a tight grip on new technologies relating to online advertising.

As an event manager, you’re all things to all stakeholders. Everything stops and starts with you, so multitasking is key. Without the ability to keep all those metaphorical plates spinning, you won’t have the clarity needed to optimize the experience venue visitors receive.

Getting the Advanced Event Management Skills You Need

The qualifications needed to become an event manager could be gained through a Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, public relations, hospitality, or marketing management. This in-depth university course will require you to be on campus for 3 years.

Alternatively, you could take a quicker route by taking a TAFE course, such as a Diploma of Event Management. Typically speaking, this course will take around a year to 18 months to complete and offers valuable hands-on experience in the industry.

What About People With Busy Lives?

Of course, not everyone in Australia has a year or two to devote to professional learning, but that doesn’t mean that particular door is closed. Our Events Management Pathway course offers complete learning flexibility.

Additionally, our Events & Hospitality Courses are made up of easy-to-digest video modules and professional training that fits you and your current life obligations. With just a smartphone and a spare 10 minutes, you can develop yourself professionally, regardless of whether you’re a full-time Mum or employed in another industry.

Improve Your Event Management Skills With OCA

If you’re considering a rewarding career as an event manager, there’s no easier or more convenient way to train than with OCA short courses online. Offering CPD points for every hour completed and containing highly-relevant, industry-led content, you can be sure what you’re learning is in high demand.

What we offer is a next-level learning experience that transcends what’s offered by traditional text-based courses. To better understand what we offer at OCA, look at our short Student Study Demo. Or why not visit us today at, where you’ll also find our selection of flexible payment options that make our courses even more affordable.

However, if you need any information or enrolment assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team of advisors at 1300 611 404. Alternatively, email us at [email protected], and we’ll respond quickly.

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