Considering a career in meeting planning? Here are a few online resources to help you decide if this career path is right for you.
CareerPlanner.com – Has a very thorough listing of the job requirements/tasks, skills and abilities, as well as basic knowledge requirements for a meeting planner.
PCMA Career Center – Links to the same Dept. of Labor site as I do, but also has some good advice about the job search and explains a bit about the PCMA job boards.
As I was reading through the descriptions, I found that this career demands more of a person than I realized I was giving. And I think it’s important to note – to be truly successful as a planner, you need to “live it”. The skills and abilities listed on CareerPlanner.com have to become second nature to you.
The best planners I know don’t think about picking up the discarded napkin that’s on the floor (no matter where they are or who dropped the napkin). They just pick it up and throw it away. What does the napkin have to do with meeting planning? The napkin is a tiny, seemingly insignificant detail – great planners don’t miss those.
One other thing to note – meeting planning is not a 9-to-5 job. It is a career and lifestyle choice that many people find incredibly rewarding, but others find overwhelming. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart.