The Planner on Advancing Your Career

By Angie Ahrens, February 13, 2017

With long shifts and stressful days, the event planner profession isn’t for everyone. It takes passion, drive and ambition to thrive in the events world (and stay there!). How did you get to where you are now? For me, it was all about networking and experience. Here is how I began, how I continue to grow my career and what you can learn from it.

Take part in unique education.

When I began, I took a behind-the-scenes educational opportunity with a hotel. I learned how to make beds; saw what goes into plating a meal for 300 people; and even sat in on a RevPAR meeting. Learning from the “other side” helped me understand how to improve my work on the events side.

Volunteer in the industry.

It may sound crazy to work events that aren’t your own, but volunteering is the perfect place to network and gain experience. I first volunteered at an event with Connect only to learn it was a job interview. You never know when an opportunity can arise, so be on the lookout while serving the industry.

Prove your worth.

Show your company how you’re valuable by reporting your ROI and using the resources you have available to you. It goes a long way with the C-suite and may earn you a seat at the managers’ table.

I’ve been in the industry for 10 years and still consider myself a newbie. The events world is always changing, and we need to continue to develop to keep our meetings fresh and attendees happy.

Angie AhrensAngie Ahrens, CMP, is director of meetings and events at Connect, overseeing the programming of all Connect events including the annual Connect Marketplace.

What steps are you taking to advance your career?  Share with us on Twitter, @_connectcorp.

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