Project management (which encompasses many skills: attention to detail, organization, stakeholder management, keeping to deadlines, leadership, communication) - you could take a Project Management Course, such as APM
Production - the best education to be a producer in my opinion is through on-the-job experience. Explore work experience options - in entertainment venues, concert halls, or a creative studio.
That being said, I used to organize a lot of events and came from an education background of European Studies - sometimes we take meandering routes to our dream job, picking up transferable skills along the way.
Kate recommends the following next steps:
If you are unsure about your decision, you could reach out or browse online about the field, including an event planning company/person (preferably in the location and niche you wish to perform as such), so we can see the day-to-day of the profession. Don't be shy: ask them what they have done to achieve their current situation as well.
If you know this is what you want to do, then I would suggest you take a look into the curriculum of the following degrees/certifications, since they can help you become a professional event planner. I suggest you to also research about the school/course, so you can get more details about what to expect. Courses and degrees may include:
- Event Planning (like those quick courses);
- Public Relations (highly suggest taking a look at https://www.prsa.org/. The idea here, in the PR world, is events for relationship management purposes)
I hope this helps! :)
I know that there are several programs at colleges and universities that offer Event Planning. However, as an individual that worked in the Hospitality industry for several years before joining the Financial Services industry, I believe the best education would be through hands on work experience. Find a niche industry that you are passionate about, whether that be Animal Care, Food and Beverage, or non-profit/Volunteering, and begin gaining that hands-on experience to learn the hard skills of planning, budgeting, recruiting volunteers/staff, and ultimately carrying out the specific event itself. Additionally, the greater amount of time that you spend planning and executing events, no matter how small, you will excel in those skills and it will become second nature to you. I hope this helps, and wish you the best of luck in your bright future!