How to Grow and Improve Your Career Opportunities in the Event Industry with Education!
Anyone in the events industry knows the feeling of keeping your nose to the grindstone, hardly looking up in the days before an event. Balancing the processes and details that go into creating a successful event can take over your life—consuming your time and attention. However, in a dynamic and ever-changing industry, it is important to look up and see how it is evolving so you can always be on top of the next big thing.
It can be easy—too easy—to feel the pressure of planning and burn out on the constant administrative processes, checklists, tasks, emails, and deadlines. Step away from your desk and take a day to refresh your career; avoid the dreaded burnout by participating in industry education. Connect, collaborate, and gain inspiration with fellow event and meeting pros while you build valuable relationships and get a peek into where the industry is going. Discover fresh ideas and resources for your events to stay on top of your game, which will develop into future opportunities and renew your passion for the industry. Here are some of the hottest associations and industry educational experts offering new ideas and resources for your continuing education.
MPI WEC (World Education Congress)
If you want to attend a huge industry event to revitalize your excitement for meeting and event planning, make it the World Education Congress. The WEC is a premier event presented by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) to create education and networking opportunities for meeting and event planners. Offering keynote speakers, education sessions, and pep rallies, the WEC aims to recharge the way you design your events. This year’s event is scheduled for June 2-5, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Professional Convention Management Association
Joining the PCMA brings opportunities to further your education in business events through their innovative resources and inclusive community. PCMA offers senior-level networking and continuing education events and webinars designed to enhance your strategy, marketing, and revenue generation education. Membership provides access to influential business audiences and event strategists. PCMA also shares their extensive market intelligence, helping your business make better decisions based on accurate and timely information.
Digital Event Strategist Certification
An online certification presented by the PCMA, the DES certificate is designed for event and meeting planners who want more out of digital events—and, really, who doesn’t want that? The DES certification course covers planning, producing, and measuring results of live stream and digital engagement events. With the right tools and terminology at your fingertips, you can make a strategic move to position yourself as an expert on this burgeoning facet of the event industry.
Event Canvas Training
If you haven’t worked with Event Canvas yet, you are possibly missing out on a revolutionary planning tool. Event Canvas was created to “stimulate the creation of a common visual language that can be used by the Event Owner and the Event Planner team.” By utilizing visual language, everyone involved in the event can discuss their ideas for design and execution quickly and efficiently. Even better, it is open source so that everyone can promote innovation in the field of event design. The Event Canvas Foundation enables anyone to download the Event Canvas for free, but the training is what unlocks its best application and usefulness. Earning this expert-level knowledge of using an Event Canvas will show your clients and coworkers that you take professional communication seriously.
Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM designation)
If you feel like you are ready to work in a leadership capacity, the best way to blaze a trail towards that goal is industry education. Earning your CMM makes an impactful statement about your professional trajectory, proving you have what it takes to complete such an intensive program. Presented by MPI, the CMM coursework is aimed at developing communication strategies, building leadership skills, and exploring strategic negotiation among other objectives. It is one of the most intensive event industry education experiences you can tackle, and it seems to reward its participants as well. MPI recently determined the average salary of their members with their CMM is about $30k a year more than members with no credentials.
Certified Meeting Professional Program (CMP designation)
Powered by the Events Industry Council and centered on best practices in the meeting management field, the CMP program is recognized all over the world as a seal of excellence. Created and maintained by meeting professionals, the CMP program’s goal is to “increase the professionalism of meeting management professionals in all sectors.” Through the program, you will enhance your overall performance through applying standards of practice and participating in a diverse community of professionals. Qualification is based on experience and education, as well as performance on an exam.
In a constantly changing industry, personal and professional growth will be key to staying on top of the hottest trends, tools, and resources you will want at your next event. OmnienceTM is dedicated to moving forward and thinking about what is coming up on the horizon of event planning, design, and marketing. Contact us today to discuss how our knowledgeable team of credentialed professionals can help you make your next event shine.