Last Updated on October 31, 2022 by Editorial Staff
By Charlie Fletcher
If you are in what you consider to be the middle of your professional life and you are looking to make a change, then you could do worse than consider event planning. These days, women are flocking to the events industry due to the flexibility of hours and the incredible sense of accomplishment that they experience when an event goes off without a hitch.
While the life of an event planner may sometimes require longer or slightly irregular hours, there are many perks for a strong woman who is looking to make a change later in life. Many like the idea of meeting new people, learning new skills, and getting some activity in the process. Read on to learn how you can get started and the benefits of life as an event planner.
Meet New People And Make New Memories
If you consider yourself to be a social person, but you were not afforded a lot of opportunities to converse with others during your previous job, then a switch to event planning may be just what you need. In order to make a social gathering truly come together, you will need to talk to professionals at many different businesses. For example, at a standard event, you’ll need to speak to people to finalize the venue, flesh things out with the caterers, and get all of the necessary supplies.
While speaking to these professionals will help you to create a great event, it is also important in general that you speak to different people as you age. Studies show that interacting with others is a great way to combat the mental effects of loneliness and isolation, which in turn can reduce your risk of high blood pressure. Plus, you never know when you will meet someone who could help you to advance your career even further.
Working as an event planner is also a great way to create new memories that will make you happier as you age. You can make an event more memorable by picking a great theme, like the 80s, that people will connect to and remember for years to come. Offering great food is another way to keep your guests coming back for more and make a name for yourself in the industry. Creating great memories is also awesome for your mental health, and it is nice to find ways to win as you get older.
Learn New Skills
Although you may be changing careers now, it doesn’t mean that you will be doing this same job forever. The good news is that the skills that you will learn as an event planner will help you to thrive in this position and potentially move on to another career in the future.
For instance, starting an event from scratch requires an immense amount of organization as you are responsible for every major component of the get-together. The ability to multitask and bring in different people for a common cause is a job skill that you can use in other industries as a project manager or business executive.
An effective event planner must also be a problem solver. Even if you are organized, things won’t always come together as you hope, so you will need to find quick solutions to keep things on track. If you can do that as an event planner, then you can do it in any industry.
Finally, you will need to know a bit about budgeting so you can ensure that the gathering will come together without putting finances at risk. The ability to budget is as important in your personal life as it is at the office. As we get older and eventually retire, the ability to create a budget could be a lifesaver.
Watching an event start from a single invitation and bloom into a massive gathering while knowing that you were responsible, is great for your morale. Just make sure to make time for yourself and don’t overdo it.
As you can see, there are many good reasons why you could switch gears and become an event planner. Could this be a career option for you?
Charlie Fletcher is a freelance writer from the lovely “city of trees”- Boise, Idaho. Her love of writing pairs with her passion for social activism and search for the truth. When not writing she is a part time wedding planner and spending time with her nephews.