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Five reasons you might secretly be the perfect Special Event Planner

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Events can be simple, like a birthday party or a get together, or more complicated, like a business conference. Either way, there’s a career there. Our Special Event Planning program is taught at Centennial’s Culinary Arts Centre, and includes practical learning opportunities with professional event planners both on campus and externally, through fieldwork. Special event planning is a growing role in many organizations in a variety of industries, and here’s how to know if you’re perfect for the role.

1. You’re the one that hosts the parties

We all know that college isn’t actually dedicated to partying, but there’s a place for parties in college. In every group of friends, there’s the planner. Maybe you host parties, or you’re the one that naturally puts everything together. We just celebrated thanksgiving, for example. If you celebrated it with family or friends, what was your role in the events? Did you help plan or coordinate? Speaking of planning…

2. You plan everything

Even a simple party can benefit from some planning, but we’re talking about more than that. For everything you do, you have a clear outline of your objectives, and what you want to accomplish. One thing you learn in the program that you might already be using is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed-Upon, Realistic, Time-Based) objectives. If that sounds familiar, you might be a planner.

3. You can budget

Even for a simple event, you're probably going to be spending some money, so if you’re an event planner, you need a sense of budgeting. Honestly, if you're a college student, you'll want to keep track of your cash, so you’re probably a bit of a budgeter in general. You take the time to figure out what you need to buy, and what it will cost. Meanwhile, you’re ready for unexpected fees as well, and plan ahead for them.

4. You know how to roll with the punches

Despite all of these things you can plan for, things will go wrong, and you need to be able to keep a cool head, and deal with challenges as they come. This doesn't mean planning is pointless, but rather that you need to be prepared to modify your plans at the drop of a hat. In other words, you can think on your feet.

5. You want a career that everyone needs

Special event planners in the corporate world can be responsible for events as diverse as company meetings, functions, trade shows, social gatherings and festivals. Aside from working inside a company, you could start your own business, and plan events, meetings, or even weddings. You have plenty of options for where you can take that planning expertise, after our Special Event Planning program helps you refine it.

By Anthony Geremia

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