Despite the fact that the idea of being an event planner is often very different to the reality, event planning is still a very unique, exciting, and rewarding career.
There are many truly unique and extraordinary perks and benefits of being an event planner—in addition to the typical pros and cons discussed in the previous article.
While the majority of the work is anything but glamorous, over the course of your career you will get some incredible ‘pinch me’ moments; whether it’s from travelling to exciting locations, staying in fancy hotels, working with celebrities, or being given privileged access and unique opportunities that most people just never get to experience—as part of your job!
So if it you're still wondering 'why should I become an event planner?' Check out some of the advantages of being an event manager below to decide if a career in event planning is right for you
Throughout my own event-planning career, I’ve been fortunate enough to:
Superficial elements aside (because believe me, after a while the celebrity/luxury novelty wears off), some of the less obvious benefits of being an event planner are actually the greatest..
For me personally, one of the most rewarding benefits of being an event planner is the opportunity to work as part of a team, in a live environment, onsite.
Without wanting to sound overly sentimental, when you have a good team, and you’re on-location at an event; living, working, and (if you’re lucky) socializing together, it’s a really unique bonding experience that you just don’t get working as part of a team in an office.
There’s definitely a special connection that’s made when a team works together on-site; putting in long hours, coming up with creative ideas and practical solutions to problems, late nights, early starts, working in a live environment—against the clock—to pull off an amazing event, dealing with impossible clients, tantrums from guests, and the adrenaline rush of seeing all that hard work finally come to life. And when it goes well, and you see the reaction on the guest’s faces, it really is an incredibly rewarding feeling.
That shared experience of having pulled it off—sometimes against the odds—is really quite hard to beat. You just don’t get that in most professions.
Therefore, assuming you haven’t already been put off with talk of boring health & safety paperwork, endless Excel spreadsheets, and 15 hour days hanging around at airports, below are some of the less obvious benefits of being an event planner—to give you an idea why event planning is still an amazing career unlike most others.
Continue to the next article to read what other event professionals describe as some of the less obvious benefits of being an event planner—and the memorable moments those have contributed to their careers.