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Conference and Event Planner

Industry Overview

 
Our Conference and Event Planner diploma prepares students for a career in the fast-paced and exciting world of conference and event management.  It’s a flourishing industry, and there is a steady need for qualified persons to plan and execute successful events. The wide variety of workplace options makes Conference and Event Planning a very popular career option.
 
During our 50-week program, you’ll learn to plan, organize and coordinate conferences, conventions, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, trade shows, festivals and many other events.  We’ll work with you on your decision-making and communication skills, customer service and so much more. We’ll make sure you’re proficient in the Microsoft Office and other software applications that are crucial in this industry.
 
If a creative and exciting career in Conference and Event Planning sounds like the perfect fit for you, why not contact us today?  One of our career consultants is always available to discuss your education and financial assistance options and guide you through the enrollment process. You could be job-ready much sooner than you think!
 

Duties & Responsibilities


One of the most appealing aspects of a career in Conference and Event Planning is the diversity of responsibilities and the opportunity to flex the creative muscles.
 
Planners meet with trade and professional associations to promote and discuss conference, convention and trade show services. They may also meet with sponsors to discuss the possibility of backing an event, or sit down with organizing committees to plan the scope, format and theme of an event.
 
Planners need to set a budget to cover the expenses related to an event they are organizing. This can include such things as transportation and accommodations for guests, renting facilities for the event, catering, displays, printing of promotional items, audio-visual personnel and rentals and more. Planners must then monitor expenses carefully to stay within that budget. Planners must remain in contact with their clients to update them on the progress of the planning, having event-related expenses and products approved, and so much more. Planners also market and promote events, negotiate contracts for services, maintain financial records, send invoices and manage payments. It’s a demanding and fast-paced career.
 
If this sounds like the excitement you’re looking for in a career, contact us for more information. We’ll show you how quickly this rewarding career could be yours!
 

Skills & Attributes


Because of the fast pace of the job and the many different duties undertaken, the Conference and Event Planners must possess a number of important skills and personal attributes, including:
  • Stress management is crucial
  • Superior management, organizational and marketing skills
  • Superior problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Excellent multi-tasking and communication skills
  • A good grasp of commonly-used software, Internet and e-mail programs
  • Good interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Diplomacy, flexibility and patience
  • An understanding of social media (Facebook, Twitter) is a bonus
  • Ability to take charge and yet still work within a team
  • And many more!
If you know you have what it takes, contact us for more information. We’ll guide you through the enrollment process and ensure that you have everything you need to get yourself job-ready and employed in under a year!
 

Career Opportunities


Graduates from our Conference and Career Planning program find employment in a number of industries, including:
  • Self-employment in conference or event planning
  • Tourism and trade industries
  • Convention and conference centres
  • Professional associations
  • Event-planning companies
  • Trade associations
  • And many more!
With classes starting every week, you can be on your way to a career and financial independence sooner than you think.


Graduate in Under a Year!


In only 50 weeks, you can graduate and start an exciting career as a Conference and Event.  Contact Academy of Learning College Bay/Bloor Campus for more information on becoming a Conference and Event Planner and learn about which of our many financial assistance options will work best for you. A new direction starts now!