There are a number of skills important to being successful in the job market, but you won’t necessarily acquire them in school. These skills will not only help you to thrive as you make the initial transition from school to work, but also to manage your career for the long term. And they may be different from the skills that brought you success as a student. Your needs, the demands of the job market, and the nature of your field will all change over time. Developing career skills now, in the areas of planning, networking, conducting a job search, and persisting through the process, are critical to finding that next job, whether it’s your first experience or you are a seasoned professional seeking advancement. This guide will help you begin to navigate the job market and make the most of your online degree.
With a stress score of 49.85, Event Coordinator lands the #6 spot on the list of most stressful jobs, according to the 2012 CareerCast.com Job Stress Report, an annual survey of 200 different professions that measures work environment, job competitiveness, and risk.
"An event coordinator is responsible for planning all logistics and activities associated with the events for which he or she is responsible," the CareerCast.com report states. "Though they may conduct many events through the year, any event may be a once-in-a-lifetime special occasion for the people involved. Therefore, events often have very high visibility and high stakes for the coordinator involved."
Enlisted Military Soldier earned the top spot as the nation’s most stressful job, while Medical Records Technician ranked as the least stressful.
by Midwest Meetings
With a decade of experience in developing and implementing meetings, conferences, and events ranging in size from 45 to 28,000 attendees, Mitchell Biersner, CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) prides himself on his expertise to maximize ROI for organizations and clients. He’s recently come home to the Midwest, where he’s currently in between industry jobs and actively searching for the next great opportunity.
It’s a story all too familiar to other industry professionals still feeling the after-effects of budget cuts and staff reductions in recent years. Biersner discusses how he got here, his perspective of the Midwest job market, and what he’s doing to prepare for a return to the meetings industry.
The inaugural IMEX America tradeshow last fall flooded meetings media pipelines with US and global industry buzz, plus tons of post-show survey data. From there, the IMEX Group released its predictions for the 2012 meetings, incentive travel, and events market, including the following.
1. Business is looking up – globalization is increasing.
In post-show survey comments, buyers indicated an uptick in business over the last 12 months — though predominantly at a conservative rate and mostly short-term focused. There is also a trend toward more, but smaller or shorter, meetings and events and slight growth in attendance at association meetings and events.
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by Lynn Kaniper
With the meetings industry on the rebound, it’s a good time to make your pitch for a bigger meetings budget. Once your budget gets the go-ahead, use the following red-hot meeting trends as a starting point for spending it wisely.
1. Green Is Not Just a Buzzword.
Environmentally conscious meeting management is gaining importance, and clients will want to see your policies in advance and in action. Review your green practices to make sure they are current. Don’t forget to extend policies to dining, as the “locavore” movement, which focuses on locally produced and sourced food, is growing more and more followers.
2. The Surprising Return of Incentive Travel.It’s gradual… it’s cautious… and it’s certainly not at the same level as the 1990s, but luxury properties and international destinations are seeing an increase in incentive business. The year 2012 is the year to get back in the incentive meetings game.
Jonathan Tisch, Loews Hotels
Jonathan Tisch, co-chair of the board, Loews Corporation and chairman and CEO, Loews Hotels, served as a witness before the Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The hearing, “Tourism in America: Moving Our Economy Forward,” focused on the travel industry’s impact on the U.S. economy.
Subcommittee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a long-time champion of the lodging industry, called the hearing to highlight the opportunity for the U.S. to create jobs and bolster the economy by attracting international travelers. Senate Commerce Committee Chair John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Subcommittee Ranking Member, echoed the sentiment and expressed continued support for making international travelers a top priority in order to grow the economy and create U.S. jobs.
by Pat Ahaesy
So often I speak with event or conference planners about their annual or monthly events. What I hear is that they’ve been doing the same thing over and over, month after month, year after year. Certainly, some things need to be the same, but maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the programs you’ve been doing.
Are they becoming lackluster? Has attendance fallen? Are attendee survey results showing a decline in results? Quite frankly, are you feeling downtrodden from anticipation of your next conference or event?
Hyesook Lyu, Alex Tucker, and James Duncan
MC², a nationally recognized and award-winning exhibit and event marketing company, has hired three new employees to join its Chicago office to support business development, design, and project management.
As business development associate, Alex Tucker is responsible for developing new client opportunities for the Chicago division of MC². Throughout his 19-year career, Tucker has led business development and marketing strategies for companies across a wide range of industries, including advertising, marketing, and trade shows and events. Tucker received his B.A. in Economics from Loyola University, Chicago.
by Deanna Tassoni
I know, I know: you do it all by yourself. You program your meetings, decide your catering, perfect your invitation lists, plan your seating arrangements, set up your venues, book your own speakers, and work all day and all night to pull off your perfect event. Now you’re absolutely exhausted, and you’re too stressed out to enjoy the work you’ve done.
You’ve seen them: event planners who run on coffee instead of food and water. By the time the day of an event arrives, their nerves are so thin they’re ready to blow up if anything goes wrong. Don’t be the stereotypical, crazy-eyed event planner. It’s time to start thinking about how to work smarter instead of working harder.
Okay, well, I know you won’t stop working hard, but at least consider how to work hard and smart.