Administration & Office Support

Conference and Event Organiser

A conference and event organiser sets up and coordinates trade shows, conferences, events, banquets and seminars.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Conference and Event Organiser do?

A conference and event organiser sets up and coordinates trade shows, conferences, events, banquets and seminars.

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Work activities

As an events organiser, you would:

  • meet with clients to establish their needs
  • work within a budget to plan all the services needed
  • prepare and set up the venue on the day of the event
  • plan menus, programs of events, and required staff numbers
  • book outsourced services required such as transport or photographers
  • solve any problems that arise on the day
  • communicate with the client over major decisions
  • collect payment and feedback from the client after the event
  • handle enquiries from exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors
  • ensure all health and safety requirements are met.
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Key skills and interests

To become a conference and events organiser, you would need:

  • a high level of organisational skills
  • the ability to multi-task
  • excellent communication skills
  • be enjoy dealing with all types of people
  • excellent problem-solving ability
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • budgeting skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Conference and events organisers often work irregular, long hours, and might also work weekends and public holidays.

Conditions

You would be based in an office but spend much of your time at venues planning or running events. You would also need to visit sponsors and exhibitors' offices, and travel to source materials and products. You would need a current drivers' licence.

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How to become an Conference and Event Organiser?

Entry Level Education

You can become a conference and event organiser without formal qualifications, but generally employers prefer applicants with a diploma or bachelor's degree and relevant experience in hospitality or event planning. To get into degree courses, you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent, with English.

It may be possible to enter this field without a relevant degree if you can show several years of related experience.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of conference and event organisers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

As businesses and organisations become increasingly international, meetings and conventions are expected to become even more important. For organisations with geographically separate offices and members, meetings are the only time they can bring everyone together. Despite the spread of online communication, face-to-face interaction continues to be preferred by many people.

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