Event Planning: What do the Professionals Say and Is It for You?

By Kerri Mitchell

Edited by Haley Fite

 

If you are like many of us, deciding “what you want to be when you grow up” can be a daunting task.  All we really know is that we don’t want to hate it, and enjoying it would be even better.  So, the process begins by considering what it is we truly enjoy in life.  For many of us, we REALLY enjoy attending events.  We enjoy the music, the speaker, or the exhibit.  We enjoy being around other people and letting someone else do the cooking.  The list goes on and on. We like the atmosphere and the entertainment of it all.   So, we might ask ourselves, if the event was so fun, is it as enjoyable to plan the soiree?  What does it take to be an event planner?

As with any career, event planning is better suited to certain types of people.  The individuals who do best in this career thrive in fast-paced and detail-oriented environments.  Additionally, a successful event planner must be very organized, creative, and good with people.

Event planning can be very important work.  Without it, many fundraisers, weddings, promotional parties, graduations, conventions, diplomatic meetings, and more, could not happen.  The work can be quite stressful, but also very rewarding.  With that in mind, we wanted to know what real-world event planners liked and disliked about their work.

We have compiled an extensive list of pros and cons about the industry straight from the professionals who do this work every day.

Pros:

  • Variety
  • Meet interesting people
  • Fast-paced
  • Travel opportunities
  • Flexibility and Independence
  • Job security
  • Creativity
  • Constant Learning
  • Satisfaction in seeing the fruits of your labor
  • Positive Feedback and Genuine Appreciation
  • Build relationships
  • Continuous challenges
  • Great benefits and pay

 

Cons:

  • Heavy Workload
  • Paperwork
  • Uncertainty
  • Significant travel
  • Budget constraints
  • So. Many. Meetings.
  • Flexibility
  • Some very early mornings
  • Indecision
  • Last minute changes
  • Negative Feedback
  • Constantly connected
  • Hard deadlines
  • Negative attitudes
  • Lack of upward mobility or advancement opportunities

 

Keep in mind, however, that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  You might actually enjoy the things these practitioners disliked, or dislike the things they do like.  Take some time to consider how your personality fits with what the professional event planners have to say.  If you still aren’t sure, take one of the many professional personality assessments, such as the Myers-Brigg Online Assessment,to find out if event planning is the right career for you.

What are your thoughts?  Do you have any experience in this area?  Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below.