Working in events: It can be an exciting side of the hospitality industry, with a myriad of roles available from casual front of house staff to event coordinators, planners, and managers.
Before you consider a role or even a career in events, have a look at what you can expect in terms of technical skills, soft skills, what employers look for when hiring, and everything in between.
Basic skill expectations when working in events
While working in events can be full of surprises and of an unpredictable nature, there are some basic skills that most employers expect you to be comfortable with if you’re looking for a casual position in events.
We’ve narrowed down the essential front of house technical skills you need to work in events. Master these and you’re well on your way to landing a casual events or catering job within the hospitality industry.
- How to carry 3 plates.
- How to clear 5 plates.
- How to carry a drink tray.
Curious about more senior and organizational positions within events? Have a look at our blog on careers in event management here.
The top traits for working in events
So now that we’ve outlined the technical skills expectations for events, let’s talk soft skills and personality traits. Given the fast-paced and unpredictable nature of events, we’ve found that the following soft skills or traits suit best for pursuing any position in events.
- Hyper organised, multi-tasker.
- Strong communicator.
- Detail oriented.
- Creative and adaptable.
- Team player.
Events might not be for you if…
- You highly value routine and like to know exactly what the working day ahead holds. While your job description will remain relatively constant, your surroundings will be constantly changing if you’re working events. One day you could be working at an intimate wedding, the next you could be working at a large-scale corporate convention.
- You have trouble multitasking. Given the nature of events, there are always lots of tasks that will pop-up, often unexpectedly. If you do not enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with new responsibilities thrown at you on the regular, events may not be for you.
- You prefer to work independently. One thing that is guaranteed about working in events is that you will be working with a team. Whether you’re setting up the venue, serving food and drinks, or you are orchestrating the event yourself, you will be communicating and working with people nonstop.
The perks of working in events
Working in events is full of its perks. There’s never a dull moment since you have the opportunity to work with inspirational people, create memorable experiences for the guests and every day is completely different from the next.
Since working in events is so multi-dimensional and demanding, you will walk away from your position with a bare minimum of the top 5 transferable skills that hospitality employers really care about. Regardless of the industry that you are aiming to end up in, the transferable skills that you gain from working in events are unparalleled. For example, click here to learn first hand why a former BENCHMARQUE team member developed transferable skills from his event jobs while studying.
- Positive work ethic and behaviour
- A friendly and approachable personality
- Ability to work efficiently under pressure
- Good communication
- Seeing things from the perspective of others
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