One of the keys to landing a job post-college is an impressive resume filled with previous, relevant experiences. This is especially important if you hope to get into the field of event planning. As event planning can often be broad and encompass a lot of different tasks, there are a variety of activities and majors that can help you prepare for your career in event planning. Here are some ideas for gaining event planning experience before you receive your diploma and how to prepare for a career in event planning.

Be a Leader

As event planning requires lots of organizational and communication skills, getting into a leadership position on campus can give you a host of relevant experiences. Most likely your position as an officer would require organizing meetings, planning events, and making executive decisions, all of which will help you when you become an event planner. Also, positions like this look great on a resume, making you look even better to a future employer.

Volunteer

There is no better time to do some volunteer work than during college. Volunteering for an organization or non-profit that needs some organizational planning help is a great way to get experience in the field of event planning. Not only will your experience give you lots to talk about in an interview, but employers love seeing volunteer work on a resume.

Become an Intern

One of the best ways to get experience and a resume boost is to take on an internship. Whether it is business related, secretarial, involves social media, or is even an event planning internship. The skills and experience you will gain will help get your foot in the event planning door. Also, internships can help you make contacts in the field and often can lead to a post-college career.

Become a Communications Major

If your university doesn’t have an event planning major or you’re not completely sure that you want to make a career out of event planning, getting a degree in communications is a great alternative. This degree will teach you valuable skills you will need when coordinating, organizing and dealing with other people and is also highly marketable.

Get a Degree in Hospitality Management

Event planning and hospitality management go hand-in-hand, making this a great choice of major for anyone looking to break into the event planning field. This degree and all of the courses and internships you have to go through as a student will give you experience coordinating activities, providing customer service and managing several tasks at once, all necessary skills for event planning. Also, having a degree

in hospitality management will diversify your resume making you a more qualified candidate.

Landing your first post-college job and breaking into the field of event planning may seem like it will take years to achieve. Luckily, building your event planning career can begin before you’ve even received your diploma. Choosing to participate in extracurriculars and internships that will give you skills and experience and choosing an appropriate major will go far to help you reach your goals.

Adrienne is a social media marketer and marketing writer. She loves studying social campaigns to see what makes them tick. To see more of her work, follow @adrienneerin on Twitter.

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Kaitlin Colston

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Kaitlin Colston is the Content Alchemist at Endless Events — one of the leading publications in the events industry. With a passion for helping others and learning, she focuses on empowering eventprofs through content by sharing her knowledge gained from over 10 years in the events and marketing space.

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