In the London 2012 Olympics who would you say were the greatest heroes? Jessica Ennis, Ben Ainslie, Sarah Storey or maybe Usain Bolt? So many individual stories of courage and dedication were written, it’s difficult to say.
So maybe the ultimate award goes to Lord Coe and his Organising Committee for their astonishing feat of synchronisation. Can we even envision what it feels like to sit down and plan such a huge venture from scratch? The management of the (not insignificant) finances involved; the bidding, tendering and contracting; the design and build of all the new installations; the pure logistical scale of spectators, staff, athletes and media, not to mention their health and safety; the need to create a lasting legacy: the list is huge. Considering that each Olympics becomes bigger, wider and more ambitious, it is probably accurate to say that London 2012 was the greatest feat of events planning ever seen.
So What Does It Take to Organise a Complex Event?
If the idea of this kind of multi-strand, multi-dimensional meticulous project-working is your definition of a nightmare then the career of events management is probably not for you. If however, you like to get your teeth into organisational challenges, bring different parts, different working teams together, see jobs through from start to finish, then working in this expanding area of business may be a way to harness your talents.
People talk about a ‘talent for organising’ and it is undoubtedly true that some people seem to naturally thrive on this form of activity. But even if you have never particularly seen yourself in this light, the opportunities that are being created as leisure and hospitality sector expands and events and venues become ever-larger are worth considering. In a professional environment, success is likely to depend less on talent than it is on learning how exactly the events management industry works, and how all the disparate elements that feed into it are knitted and fitted together.
These days, business recognises the growing importance of the events planning sector and the necessity for comprehensive training and specific qualifications.
Where Do You Start? What Courses are Available?
There are some highly esteemed and globally recognised courses available if you are serious about becoming an Events Management professional. Have a look at our Short Professional Management courses for ideas.
Studied through an online learning environment which allows constant feedback and guidance from tutors, our courses give a thorough overview of the strategic and operational factors that impact on events planning.
Different levels of courses (which can all be ‘topped-up’ to higher levels) give students from all backgrounds the opportunity to look at financial planning and analysis, tendering and implementation, project leading in general, current HR tools and theories, the specific working practices of the service industries as well as the management of venues.
You’re not going to be asked to organize the Olympics but you may be on your way to a successful career in a growing and exciting market where the best professionals are seen and not heard. For more information on available courses, look at our pages on Award in Events Management, Certificate in Events Management and the more advanced Diploma in Events Management.
Studying for a qualification online allows you to see how it effects your current work and apply the principals practically into a familiar environment. So you can become a more effective part of the backroom team – like the team that has shown the world how important they are.
If you want to find out more about this or any other course, please contact us today.