when i grow up…

Considering a career in meeting planning?  Here are a few online resources to help you decide if this career path is right for you.

U.S. Department of Labor – Contains a great description of the job, education and training, as well as earnings potential.  There is also a downloadable PDF of the same information.

Wikipedia – Contains a list of all the related certifications a planner can earn, along with links to the issuing organizations.  Wikipedia also has a separate page for Event Planners.

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.


3 thoughts on “when i grow up…

  1. kapgar says:

    Lemme ask you something since you’re listing out resources for convention and meeting planners… I’m helping plan a Webmaster conference that will be happening at Pheasant Run in St. Charles in September. Do you have resources that you refer to for transportation from O’Hare/Midway to the St. Charles area? What are some of the more common and reliable companies? Taxis, vans, shuttles, trains, etc., are all welcome here.

  2. Krys Slovacek says:

    SuperShuttle and Airport Express are both reliable companies. You can get discount codes for your attendees, and if they pre-order their rides, they’ll save even more.

    For cabs, I always recommend American Taxi, but 303 Taxi is also good. Neither company offers discounts, but BOTH have flat rates to/from the airports if you call ahead.

    And, if you have some folks who prefer a slicker ride, I like A Touch of Class Limousine. They’re very reasonable (if you order a shared ride) and very reliable.

  3. Anna Jenzen says:

    Thank you Kris for such valuable information. These are great resources that will come in handy during my current job search!

    There is also another online resource for freelance travel professionals called International Network of Travel Directors – http://www.intdonline.com. They have a job board and pretty extensive database that meeting planners can search for travel staff. It is a great way to find new staff and a wonderful organization for freelance TD’s to network and obtain resources.

    Love your blog!

    Anna Jenzen
    Travel Director/On-Site Meeting Manager
    Member of International Network of Travel Directors

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