I am confident that I want to pursue a career in event planning. However, with each event job/experience, I discover more specifically the aspects of event planning that I love. These specific aspects of event planning, though, often change depending on the industry I am working in. For example, working on the event planning team for the Michigan Fashion Media Summit, I loved being able to be creative and elegant with decorations for the Thursday night launch party. Contrastingly, planning the weekly food truck event for Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor (my internship last summer) did not involve decorations since this was a recurring outdoor event. By working in a variety of event industries while I am still in college, I have hoped to figure out the specific type of event planning I want to do in the future based off the cumulative list of aspects I like about the industry.
With StarEvents, I was able to see what I did and did not like about helping to plan festivals. I loved being able to work with a large amount of people who came from all different backgrounds. From vendors selling a cultural product to attendees who lived in the area, all the people I met during my time at StarEvents were interesting, friendly, and unique. I liked working a job that put me in direct communication with the people who contribute to the overall event. Through StarEvents, I have learned that I favor event planning jobs where I am actively communicating onsite with those I work with.
However, I have come to realize that my favorite part of event planning is being creative, fun, and elegant with decorations. I love planning table centerpieces, party giveaways, and working around a theme. With outdoor festivals, and often outdoor and public events in general, decorations are usually not part of the planning process. The creative aspect of an event comes elsewhere with festivals. It comes from intentionally picking the vendors, musical groups, and activities that best fit the need and purpose of the event. While I enjoyed thinking intentionally about these factors, I still missed Pinterest boarding fun decorations!
I am so thankful for this internship and truly did love every second of learning about and working street festivals. However, I am not sure that this is the specific event industry for me. I have learned through StarEvents that my interests better suit me to work for events that are a bit more elegant/luxury and private.
Because of this realization, I want to really focus senior year on finding an event planning job that is either corporate-based or more specifically, in the retail world. I am thankful for StarEvents along with my other event experiences that have helped me hone in on this more specific plan upon graduation.