You're a natural at planning and organisation, and you live and breathe all the excitement of watching different moving parts come together. It's these attributes that make events planning and management so appealing to many.
But do you really have what it takes to make it in the Australian events industry?

Of all the skills you need to work in event management in Australia, time management is one of the most essential.

Time management and organisation

Of all the skills you need to work in event management in Australia, time management is one of the most essential. You have deadlines to meet and everything has to go off without a hitch. You'll need to be able to juggle multiple things at once and pull them all off exceptionally.

As an Events Management student at Kenvale College, you'll get to fundraise, plan and run your own events, which will get you used to working to deadlines in the real world.

People skills

Similar to the hospitality industry, events management requires interacting with lots of different people. You might need to work with internal stakeholders within your own company, along with clients, external audio-visual suppliers and venues to make things happen. You'll be required to manage all of these different relationships to ensure all parties are happy – and this sort of thing takes experience.

At Kenvale College, you'll learn the ropes of the events industry from our expert lecturers while undergoing paid work experience, which will help you build working and industry relationships while you're still studying.

Want to make it in the Australian events industry? Work on your people skills. People skills are incredibly important if you want to succeed in the events industry.

You can't do everything on your own, and it's important to know your limitations, both in relation to time and skill. As an events professional, you can often find yourself running around trying to do everything at once.

The ability to delegate

As a Kenvale student, you'll get to run real events as part of your course, such as WineFest. This experience will teach you how much you're realistically able to manage, giving you a better understanding of what tasks should be distributed to others and the ones you can do on your own. 

Hospitality experience

Events and hospitality go together, and the more you know about the workings of this sector, the better event manager you'll ultimately be. The skills you need in the events management industry aren't limited to event planning, but encompass a range of other skills, too, including customer service. Experience in hospitality, or at least familiarity with how the industry works will position you as a more rounded candidate when applying for higher level jobs.

Problem-solving is a key skill you'll need in events.

Kenvale College gives you the chance to develop your hospitality and events skills side-by-side with a Combined Advanced Diploma of Event Management and Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Critical thinking

Problem-solving is a key skill you'll need in events. Event planning is fast-paced, and when things do go wrong, you'll need to be able to think on your feet to come up with a quick solution to get things back on track.

At Kenvale College, we build critical thinking skills into our subjects, and our lecturers often set tasks that are outside the box to help you develop the way you respond to unique situations. By getting the opportunity to run live events, you'll also get to put your critical thinking skills into practice.

To succeed in the Australian events industry, you need a range of skills across different areas.At Kenvale College, we teach problem-solving skills to our students through real life event experience.

Business skills

If you're planning on working your way up to a senior position at some stage, having a deeper understanding of how the events management industry in Australia operates will help you get there.

Accounting, sales, marketing, human resources and operations management knowledge will take you a long way, especially as many employers are facing skills shortages in mid- to senior-level positions, according to Meetings & Events Australia research. You could be the one to fill these roles!

Don't worry if you don't feel you've mastered all of these skills just yet – after a Diploma of Event Management at Kenvale College, you soon will! Find out more about this course and how it can help you launch a successful career in events.

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Thank you for inviting us – we really did appreciate it. I must say I was really impressed by the Briar Ridge team – one of them (… Aiden) did a really great job explaining who they were, what they were about etc., and really took the time to give us the background on the person behind it all (Gwyn Olsen). He’d clearly immersed himself in the project, and I think she’d have been really pleased if she’d seen that. Happy to reach out and tell her so if you think it would help pave the way for future events.

- Anonymous, Winefest Guest 2015

I just wanted to express thanks and congratulations to all at Kenvale for the magnificent lunch provided on Thursday.

I have been to many hatted restaurants this year and can honestly say that they would have struggled to produce such fantastic dishes.

The lunch was a credit to your students and your staff.  It would be a privilege to enjoy another visit next year.

Best wishes to your graduating students for success in their career and to your staff to continue to guide students to reach such a high standard.

- Anonymous public guest at Kenvale Restaurant 2015

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