Event Planning Careers

Showcase your creativity and love for planning world-class events. Learn about the wonders of event planning careers and how to start your journey with us.

Jobs in this Industry

Event Planner taking notes and diarising ideas

Event Planner

A career as an Event Planner will be the perfect job for you. Read below and learn everything you need to know about starting a career in this field.

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Events Manager

Growing in this industry requires you to have a flexible attitude, be able to think on your feet,and have a passion for managing all forms of events.

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Wedding Planner

Consider yourself an organizer with an artistic flair? Put those skills to good use by becoming a Wedding Planner! Take the first step towards this exciting career now.

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Party Planner

Do you love people and want to make everyone’s party dreams come true? Then being a Party Planner is for definitely for you! Read further about this amazing course now!

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What is Event Planning?

Event Planning is an industry that manages and plans projects. These projects include weddings, parties, fashion shows and several other occasions. Planners and managers handle budgets, permits, equipment needed as well as risk management.

Benefits of a Event Planning Career

Thinking of a career in event planning? Here are a few of the perks that come along with being in this industry.

Set Your own Hours

Unless you work for an organisation or company, you will be able to set your own working hours. This is especially beneficial if you want to start your own business. The only time you will have a deadline is when you are working on a project. 

Exclusive Access

When planning or managing an A-list event you get special access to almost everything. You’ll find yourself in the company of some of the world’s most famous people.

Work Abroad

If you enjoy traveling then this is the career for you! Your clients want their events held overseas, so you get the perks of travelling for your job.


How Much can I Earn in Events Planning Careers?

The average yearly salary for event planning careers in South Africa is R109,100. This depends on your experience and credibility. You can also work your way up in this industry by branching out into different functions. 

What Job Opportunities are There? 

This is one of the most exciting reasons why people choose the events planning industry. In this industry there are several different jobs and functions that you can go into. You can start by being an intern and work your way into being an events manager. There is so much room for growth, you don’t have to settle for one career! 

Here are just a few popular jobs in Events Planning and their yearly earning: 

  • Events planner- R109,100
  • Wedding planner – R 15 670
  • Events Manager- R298,706

These figures were accurate at the time this article was written.

Skills Needed for Event Planning Careers

Along with all the great perks of this industry, it takes hard work and requires specific skills to be done. Don’t let this scare you off your dream though. All the skills explained below can be gained with a good education and training. 


This is one of the most important skills you will need. You will be working with people on a daily basis. Having good verbal and written communication skills is essential. 


There are a lot of components that go into planning an event, no matter the size of the event. Having an eye for detail and organizational skills will make your job easier. A well put together planner is also more likely to have consistent clients. 

Quick thinking 

With all the factors that play a role in planning and running an event, anything can happen at any time. Being a quick thinker will enable you to solve problems when they occur. 


Everyone wants their event to be one of a kind. So you always need new and creative ideas. The more creative you are the more clients you are likely to book. 


How to Start a Career in Events Planning 

Starting a career is very easy. You simply start with getting a good education. Skills Academy has a variety of reputable creative courses. These courses will give you the knowledge needed to get into any job in events planning careers. 

Here are a few other helpful thing you can do to start your career:

Do Research

Once you have received your qualification, it would be best to do some research on the different jobs you can do in this field. You can click on one of our related job buttons and read up on one or all of the most popular jobs in event planning. 

Gain Experience

Gaining experience is a good way to start off any career. You can do this by doing an internship or by getting an entry level job. The great thing about internships is, you can do it while studying. 


This simply means that you would build up your list of clients. You can do this by promoting your work and skill set on social media and attending social events for people in this field. 

Are you Ready to Start Your Career Today?

Do you have any questions or would like to start your registration process? Contact one of our course professionals today.

Author: Tia Sauls 

Last Updated: August 19, 2020

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