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Job Title – Event Planner


An Event Planner organises, plans, sets up and organises events such as conferences/exhibitions for firms, institutions and professional organisations. 

Typical Job Activities

Designs and produces while managing all project delivery elements within time limits
Liaises with clients to identify their needs and to ensure customer satisfaction
Conducts market research, gather information and negotiate contracts prior to closing any deals
Provides feedback and periodic reports to stakeholders
Proposes ideas to improve provided services and event quality
Organises facilities and manage all event’s details such as decor, catering, entertainment, transportation, location, invitee list, special guests, equipment, promotional material etc
Ensures compliance with insurance, legal, health and safety obligations
Specifies staff requirements and coordinate their activities
Cooperates with marketing and PR to promote and publicize event
Proactively handles any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems on the event day
Conducts pre- and post – event evaluations and report on outcomes
Researches market, identify event opportunities and generate interest

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Related Occupations

Guest house manager
Restaurant manager
Personnel manager
Conference and Banqueting Sales Manager
Art exhibition organiser
Marketing manager

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
For a degree in Event Management at a University
For a diploma in Hospitality or event planning or related courses at a Technikon

Compulsory subjects: English and Mathematics
Recommended subjects:Biology, Physical Science, Economics, Accounting, Hotel keeping and Catering

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be a good organiser
Be able to communicate well
Be able to plan and manage
Be able to give attention to detail
Be good at working to schedule
Be able to work within a budget
Work well with all kinds of people
Enjoy working as part of a team
Have supervisory ability

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Possible Employers

Hotel groups
Self employed

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Relevant Contact Details

The Hospitality Industries Training Board

Institute for Marketing Management

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific fieldWork performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
General business management

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can communicate and interact with people
I can be of service to people
I can progress in the business world