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Event Management Career

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A decade or so ago, event management was limited to high profile ceremonies, programs, and occasions. Cut short to current times when event management spans birthday parties to destination weddings. Even more significant is the progression of events from the wealthy to the middle class. According to one of the leading research reports, the Media and Entertainment industry achieved 11.8% growth in 2013 reaching INR 917 billion. It is poised to reach INR 1,661 billion at a CAGR of 15.2% by 2017. This is a highly encouraging sign for event management career seekers.

Industry Prospects

•The event industry is expected to reach INR 5,779 crore by 2016-17
•The organized industry has grown at an annual rate of 15%;
•Managed events made up 61% of total events in 2014 and will continue to be a major contributor to the industry
•Personal events, campaigns, and sports events are expected to grow by 18-25% in the next 2-3 years
•Recruitment is expected to increase from 50-84 to 104 employees (average basis) within the next 3 years in a single organization. Payroll costs have seen a rise from 13% to 18% of total costs


•Graduates with good networking and public relations skills can join the event industry. However, top event management organizations may prefer candidates from reputed event management, public relations, or MBA institutes. A degree in marketing too goes a long way in this field
•Event management aspirants can enroll in the following institutions for a foothold in the industry: National Institute of Event Management NIEM, Mumbai; International Institute of Event Management, Mumbai; EMDI Institute of Media and Communications, Mumbai; Indian Institute of Event Management at Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune; Pearl Academy, Delhi; and Amity Institute of event Management (AIEM), New Delhi

Job Profile

•Communicating and networking confidently and easily with diverse people;
•Negotiating tactfully with clients and vendors;
•Quick thinking and decision making in high pressure situations;
•Building and maintaining strong, healthy team relationships;
•Planning, coordinating, budgeting and organizing events from start to finish;

Employment Skills

Public Relations and Networking
Marketing & Budgeting
Time Management

Prospective Employers

•Media and entertainment organizations are always on the lookout for fresh minds. Wizcraft, television channels like Zee TV or Star Plus, Ogilvy & Mather, and event management agencies like 360 degrees, Cox and Kings, and SITA.
•You can choose from fashion industry, tourism, production houses and corporate houses to build your career in this field. With sufficient experience under your belt, you could start your own event management agency

Compensation Packages

•Remuneration in this field depends on the type and scale of the event being managed;
•A trainee in this field can expect to start from around Rs.12,000/- to Rs.15,000/- per month;
•Higher monthly salaries may be expected when working for a renowned corporate house or private agency; ranging from Rs.15,000/- to Rs.20,000/-;
•With significant experience in this industry, an event manager can expect Rs. 50,000/- to Rs.1.00 lakh as monthly remuneration
•Remuneration for an Event Production Head, Event Coordinator, Event Legal Executive, Event Budgeting & Finance Executive, and a Public Relations Executive, among others, ranges from Rs.20,000/- to Rs.60,000/- per month
•For a highly renowned event manager – the sky is truly the limit
•Freelancers will have to quote reasonable rates taking into account every expense and scale of the event

Pluses and Minuses

•Your clientele increases with every successful event managed
•Chance to interact with creative, dynamic and interesting mix of people

•Opportunity to work with/for celebrities, corporate honchos, politicians, and international names
•Erratic and long working hours
•High stress situations
•Managing unreasonable demands and expectations of clients

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