The events industry is a dynamic, fast-paced sector offering opportunities to work on anything from small staff events to festivals, weddings and charity fundraisers

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Events management is a fast-growing area and experience can be just as important as your degree subject for getting a job in the sector. Experience in any roles involving customer service will be useful, especially in hospitality or tourism. Many events organisations look for casual staff to help out at their events, and this can be a good way gain skills and build up contacts in the sector.

Your extra-curricular activities can give you valuable experience, for example, organising the end of term ball or a fundraiser for a university society. In the run up to a large event, and during the event itself, staff may need to work long hours and be very adaptable, so any role where you can demonstrate an ability to work hard is useful.

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Typical employers

Large hotel chains, conference venues and wedding organisers all offer opportunities for events management graduates. Some courses give students the chance to specialise in festival or cultural and arts events, so museums, large galleries and festival organisers are possible sources of vacancies.

Graduates can also find work in events management companies and charities, which organise large scale fundraising events.

Find information on employers in hospitality and events management, leisure, sport and tourism, charity and voluntary work and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

As well as developing project management and organisational skills, a degree in events management equips you with both the business and creative skills to take an event from the ideas stage to realisation.

You will learn how to:

  • manage the logistics of planning and staging events, from conception to final delivery;
  • budget or raise funds;
  • market and promote your events;
  • develop a strong awareness of customer service, working closely to a client brief;
  • manage a complex workload.

Further study

Most graduates go into events management from a degree in the subject, or they do a Masters in events after a degree in a first subject.

Only a small number of events management graduates go on to further study. There is no evidence that undertaking a Masters degree in the subject will further benefit your career, since employers place a greater value on experience in this area of work.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do events management graduates do?

The top three jobs held by graduates in employment in the UK include conference and exhibition managers and organisers, restaurant and catering establishment managers and chefs.

Further study2.8
Working and studying1.8
Graduate destinations for events management
Type of workPercentage
Marketing, PR and sales48
Retail, catering and bar work12.6
Secretarial and numerical clerks12.1
Business, HR and financial6.2
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?