Events – an art or a science?
Many young people trying to get their first job in events are now equipped with a degree in events management, something that barely existed a decade ago. So what does that mean for the industry?
In the June issue of Event magazine, I looked into education and training in the industry for our special report. I interviewed Peter and Abi, the winners of this year’s The Eventice careers competition, who will be starting the new jobs they won next month.
Both Peter and Abi had done a degree in events management at university. Their courses were fairly similar, but had a key difference – Peter’s was a Bachelor of Arts degree or BA, while Abi’s was a Bachelor of Science (BSc).
Putting a few different letters before a qualification may not mean much in practice, but it intrigues me that one university sees organising events as an art, while another classifies it as a science. It reflects concerns some of you raised in our special report that the industry is suffering from an identity crisis, which can be an early hurdle to those trying to get their first job.
What do you think – are events an art or a science?
Catch the feature in the June print issue (or subscribe for more special reports if you don’t already.)