Class Library Careers in Event Planning

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  • Title:Careers in Event Planning
  • Category:Careers
  • Level:Beginner
  • Instructor:Howard Givner
  • Length:35 min
  • Posted:1/13/2011
  • CMP Domain:B: Project Management
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In the past 10 years the event planning field has become extremely sought-after. Yet for those looking to enter the industry, not all jobs are created equal. This class will describe several different types of jobs in events, as well as several different types of organizations to work for, to give you a deeper understanding of which is right for you. In addition, we’ll cover some key skills employers look for and tips for starting out. Filmed on location at Top of the Garden loft in New York City.

ILEA Approved ContentThis course is ILEA Approved with content that is alligned with the International Live Events Association's Core Curriculum. ILEA Approved is the international education standard selected for creative event professionals and has been developed to recognize specific content that has significance for the global creative events industry. Click Here to learn more about ILEA.

ILEA Core Curriculum Key Competencies Category for this course / content: 
Event Planning

Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand the differences in planning events for non-profits, corporations, fashion / beauty, and event agencies, and review the pros and cons of each.
    2. Understand how jobs vary within the different functional areas within the industry including: Sales/Account Management; Creative; Logistics/Execution.
    3. Be able to identify key skills employers look for, and what special skills can give you an edge in the marketplace.
    4. Be able to identify several tips for starting out in the industry.

Table of Contents

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Careers In Events - Full Class Video 33:45
Understanding the Landscape
The State of the Event Industry 5:03
Places to Work
Non-Profit Jobs 2:49
Corporate Jobs 3:10
Fashion / Beauty Jobs 2:23
Event Company / Agency Jobs 3:04
Finding the Right Job for You
Functional Areas: Sales | Creative | Logistics 6:39
What Employers Look For 8:45
Tips for Starting Out 3:29
Videos of Other Planners: How Did You Get Into Events?
Karen Dalzell, CEO of Dalzell Productions 6:59
Andrea Michaels, President of Extraordinary Events 3:35
Haley Carlson, Events & Sponsorship Manager of Tribune Media Group 5:07
Lori Raimondo, VP of Marketing for the Times Square Alliance 5:11
Mary Whittenberg, President of New York Road Runners and Race Director of the New York City Marathon 6:15
Videos of Other Planners: What Kind of People Do You Look To Hire?
Karen Dalzell, CEO of Dalzell Productions 5:51
Colja Dams, President of Vok Dams Agency 0:56

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