THERE ARE MANY ways to get started as an event planner. Perhaps you are on your way into the field via college, or you might be thinking of a career change and are not sure of the best way to make the transition. Starting a new career is a venture filled with both excitement and anxiety. By gaining experience in a savvy manner, you will become a more attractive candidate to employers and clients alike. This chapter will guide you through the beginning stages of this exhilarating career.