Are you ready to embark on a career working with people and organizations across the province, country or world? The event industry offers employment opportunities in industries across the globe. Career paths might include producing virtual or in-person events such as corporate retreats, non-profit fundraisers, conferences, incentive travel and wedding planning to name just a few. Durham College is THE place to start your journey into this exciting and diverse sector.
To start, you are encouraged to do a little homework on the industry. Check out the video below created by Meetings Mean Business Canada, and article by the Event Industry Council (EIC), which demonstrate the importance and impact of the event industry to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product. It is significant, and that means JOBS!
You might be wondering about the types of roles and organizations that offer employment opportunities for event planning professionals. While this list is comprehensive, it is by no means exhaustive.
- Conference Service coordinator
- Event coordinator
- Event manager
- Incentive planner
- Festival organizer
- Third-party event planner
- Wedding planner
- Charity and fundraising organizations
- Conference centres, sports arenas or golf courses
- Corporate or private organizations
- Cruise ships or resorts
- Government or educational institutions
- Entrepreneurs or small businesses
- Hotels, or special event venues
- Long-term care facility
- Professional associations
The event industry has informative magazines dedicated to professional development, education and industry news.
Durham College faculty and staff are proud to be members of the following professional associations:
Meetings Mean Business
PCMA Student Chapter
The current DC Event Planning Students founded the DC PCMA Student Chapter, gaining invaluable experience working on a board, and connecting and collaborating with other event planning students from across the country and US!
Join us at Durham College, in the School of Hospitality and Horticultural Sciences – your future awaits!