The UK events industry is an extremely varied and ever-changing sector with a multitude of career opportunities. As a uniquely fast-paced environment, events industry jobs in the UK provide opportunities to work with a diverse variety of businesses and sectors, meet lots of new people and regularly see the fruits of your labour come to life.

Worth an estimated £42 billion, the UK events sector employs over 775,000 people across a massive variety of job roles, including

  • Marketing and PR
  • 3D design and visualisation (product design and industrial design)
  • Digital design
  • Photography and videography
  • Graphic design
  • Project management
  • Accounting and finance
  • Production management
  • Events management

Benefits of UK events industry jobs

There are so many benefits of a UK events industry job. These include

  • An exciting and varied industry
  • Opportunities for problem-solving & creativity
  • Meet new people
  • Professional development
  • Rewarding work

An exciting & varied industry

Events is a sector where new things are always cropping up. It’s fast-paced, has lots of plates spinning at once and no two days are ever the same!

Almost every industry engages in events of some kind so, regardless of your particular job role, you’ll find plenty of variety in your day-to-day activities.

As a Project Manager for example, you’ll work closely with a vast variety of businesses and professionals on organising the logistics of each event, while an exhibition stand installer will often be travelling all over the country (or the world), working with a near-endless variety of customers at a multitude of events and venues.

In any role, you’ll get to work with clients, partners and colleagues from a fantastic range of industries, backgrounds and cultures.

Opportunities for problem-solving & creativity

Jobs in the UK events industry are all about problem-solving. Problems are always cropping up and you’ll have to use your problem-solving skills to ensure projects run smoothly.

Because no two days and no two problems are ever the same, it means that no two solutions are ever the same. Working in events you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to show off your problem-solving skills while thinking of unique and innovative ways of doing things.

trade show preparation by Quadrant2Design project managers

Meet new people

The UK’s events industry is a people-centric business. Events are where people gather and, if you’re a people person, this sector will be perfect for you!

If you enjoy teamwork then you’ll love working in the events industry. So many different events industry jobs contribute to the success of an event so, regardless of which job role you fulfil, you’ll continually be meeting with new and interesting people. You may even make some new friends along the way!

While working with all of these new people, you’ll also have a chance to learn from professionals with all kinds of different skill sets.

Professional development

Working with a vast variety of people in the industry, on various projects, you’ll have the chance to pick up a whole host of new skills that will serve you well in your career. Experience in the events sector is always impressive from a professional standpoint as it shows that you can thrive in a fast-paced, often chaotic environment.

The industry is particularly attractive for young professionals, as it offers opportunities to get involved in lots of different roles and responsibilities and develop a unique set of transferrable skills.

Rewarding work

The UK events sector is unique in its ability to create things from scratch. Festivals, for example, often begin with just a field and it is the hard work of the events professionals that bring all of the elements together to make something special. Event industry jobs provide an opportunity to see the end results of your hard work and contribute something truly meaningful to a project.

If you’re someone who enjoys ownership and responsibility you’ll love a UK events industry job. Regardless of your role, there are plenty of moving parts that contribute to the success of an event so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take the ball and run with it.

It’s extremely rewarding to be able to see the impact of your work from the start of a project, through to its completion.

The “Downsides”

It’s important to remember that no job is all sunshine and rainbows and, like all the others, the UK events industry also has its downsides.

Firstly, the industry waits for no one! It simply isn’t an industry where things can wait until tomorrow, as events will go ahead whether you are ready or not! This means that the hours can be long and unsociable. Jobs will often take place outside of the standard 9-5, Monday-Friday hours, which can also include evenings and weekends.

UK events industry jobs can also be stressful, with lots of different things going on at the same time. This can sometimes mean getting involved to help out your colleagues and doing things outside of your specific job role.

While these factors may be downsides to some, those who thrive in the industry evidently enjoy the exciting, fast-paced environment, as research has found that 82% of people in event industry jobs enjoy their role.

Quadrant2Design Careers

The UK events industry is always on the lookout for new ideas and fresh talent, and Quadrant2Design is no different!

We have a range of event industry jobs available on our dedicated careers website, in departments including Marketing, Installations, Project Management and Graphic Design, to name just a few!

Check out our dedicated careers website to see our current vacancies, as well as information about our office, university placement opportunities and even career case studies for some of our team.

So if you’re keen to get involved, contact Quadrant2Design at careers@quadrant2design.com with your CV and cover letter and we’ll be in touch!