Event Hospitality & Operations Specialist
New York, New York
I agree with Gary in saying that event planning isn't something that you you can major in and boom you're a planner. I have been in the event planning business/hospitality industry and professional for the past 8 years and and feel that I am still learning something new in my industry every day. It is definitely great to have a PR or Marketing background to learn the basics but it is through experience of getting out there and getting involved with the daily grind in life that will make you successful. As for me, I was a studio arts major with a minor in computer science...you would wonder how that background would help me get to where I am today but through patience and perseverance I am enjoying what I do!
When I first started off in event planning, I didn't know what I was doing nor did I know that I wanted to get into it. I just started in clubs/organizations at my school and slowly helped plan whatever was needed in doing bake sales, fundraisers, organizing student council meetings, working in my sorority with their events...the list goes on. Little by little I would take on more responsibility and was in charge of more events as time went on. Just like anything you choose to do in life, be open to new ideas and have fun doing it!