Working in the events industry a "challenge"

Working in the events industry is a “challenge”, but always brings an element of “surprise”.

That’s according to Rebecca Kane, an industry expert with several years’ experience in organising functions and managing event spaces. She has spoken to Event Magazine about her experiences working within the ever-changing industry.

“I got into the events industry because I spent my childhood performing. From a young age, I loved creating social events for people, starting with little local shows in the village, charging people 5p to get in. My margins are a little more demanding now.”

It was Kane’s love of every aspect of performing that drove her into the industry, which she calls a “challenge”, but believes that “there will always be an element of surprise for every event you work on, and the best event professionals are the ones who can handle these and keep it looking seamless.”

Kane also spoke of how the recession affected the industry, claiming that it prompted businesses “to become more focused on their clients.”

“Only the good and efficient will survive and sometimes it’s a good thing for industries to be shaken up in that way. You need to know exactly what you are offering, who you are, your product and who you are targeting,” adding that those organising events must be able to manage finances and budgets easily.

Kane’s thoughts are echoed by, who advises that those wishing to work in the events industry must be able to multi-task: “A person must now train for a career in event planning in order to competently carry out all of the jobs involved in such an undertaking. You will be trained to negotiate, plan and co-ordinate meetings and conventions.”

“A career in event planning means you will be, at times, working with hundreds of people – performing many different jobs.”