How to become an event manager: INTRODUCTION

The original article was first published on BlogByKobrak on the 7th December 2010however this has been updated for this blog.

Event management is a job that sounds nice and exciting. And don’t get me wrong it can be, however when thinking about making this your career remember to add in the aspects that everyone has to face in their job. For example health and safety forms, risk assessments, applying for licences, emergency procedures and first aiders, budgets and staff & volunteers etc.

I wouldn’t say that I took this all into account, in fact even though I knew all of this I still thought most of working in events would involve more of the imaginative and exciting aspects rather than having to call up hotels and venues making sure they had received all the information for the booking and event.

The idea of the How to… series is to make sure you have a realistic outlook of the events industry, and understand what you will have to undertake once you start working. 

Over this series, I plan on talking about what a degree course teaches you and discussing why it is worth doing. This is aimed at informing people who are thinking of studying event management at a university stage but is also going to provide information and skills needed to ‘become an event manager.’

I have just completed my first year on the Event Management degree course at the University of Gloucestershire and therefore am at a position where I can inform you what a university course provides and well as giving you my own personal experiences and teaching you what I have learnt for work experience and university.

However it is vital that I point out that I am not an expert in this field, alas I am just a student providing information that I know I would find useful.

If you need any more information check out previous posts or email me at or tweet me @Imdamnstudent

Hello my name is Caitlin

So I think before I start writing away about the events industry and telling you what I know I feel it is only right for you to know some stuff about me, yes I could just direct you to the ‘About’ page but honestly where is the fun in that?

Instead I am going to give you some background information on myself, so you have an idea on why I started this second blog whilst still writing BlogByKobrak.

I started blogging in 2007 when I was 14 years old as an outlet for my photography, which at the time was a great passion of mine. It soon developed into a more personal diary space where I updated my family on my life, in hindsight I spent the whole time complaining about GCSEs and just rambling about a whole range of uninteresting things. However over the last 4 years BlogByKobrak has improved in writing style and has been the space for many of my ‘new ideas’ but it will always be my own space, where embarrassing things shall be said and I shall continue to use it as a personal blog.

So I decided to create “I’m a damn student, what do I know?” Because I want to write about my experiences as an event student and tell people information that I wish I had know when I started looking at studying it as a course. This blog is more grown up than BlogByKobrak and is not about every day mundane things, instead it is about my pursuit of the event industry and my aim of working as an event manager.

I have just completed my first year as a University student, which really translates into 8 months (excluding the Christmas holiday!) I am a full time Event Management student at the University of Gloucestershire and have a major interest in planning and running conference and exhibition events such as Sci-Fi London Festival, Comic Con, Film festivals to name just a few. If you want a full list of the work I have done with events go and have a look at my linkedin profile. I will be writing blog posts on them in the future so keep an eye out for that series.

I studied at A Level a mix of subjects, Photography, Drama and Government and Politics and I still have a major interest in all aspects but take much more of a spectator role and the reason I have ended up studying Event Management at University is because I really didn’t want to have to study anything I had done at A Level and it wasn’t until a friend of mine mentioned I would be good at organising big events that I realised it was a course I could take on at university.

In my spare time, which as a student is quite a lot, I enjoy watching television and have a real love for American crime dramas like CSI, The Mentalist, Law and Order, Criminal minds and Without a trace. I adore reading and had the best job when I worked in my local Waterstones before I came to University. I also read a lot of different blogs over the internet as well as having friends who have their own blogs.

I use the internet for an awful lot so every summer I take the time to delete and stop using sites that I have signed up for but no longer use, I was off twitter for around 6 months before I re signed up as I wanted to keep people updated on some of the exciting work experience I was doing when I wasn’t able to blog.

Since starting University I am realising what is really important to me and where I want to go in life, maybe I have used this first year as a trial before I full except I am an adult but I have learnt an awful lot about myself.

How to be an event manager series (#1)

This series originated on my personal blog BLOGBYKOBRAK but I want to make it more of a feature, so just like how youtube vloggers have second channels I am having a second blog called I’M A DAMN STUDENT, WHAT DO I KNOW?

This space will be where I shall primary write about event management and what I am learning.  Just so I can give you an insight it to what the event industry looks like from the eyes of an 18 year old event management student! Maybe you want to go into Event Management and don’t know where to start, or you are looking for a career change or you might already work in events and instead of doing work you are reading this blog instead.
Hell I have no idea who you are or what it is you do, but I would love to find out so please leave a comment  and feel free to give me so ideas on what you want to know or find out!