by Mary Beth Holmes, CMP
There will come a time for each of us when we ask the question “what’s next?” We live in a world where many senior planners are being encouraged to take early retirement, are looking for a change, or are even considering a leap into entrepreneurship. Whether the choice has been forced upon you or whether it’s a long-time dream, it may be time to reinvent yourself! But how do you move ahead into the next phase of your career? Here are some solid tips to help you take stock of your situation and determine what’s next:
Seriously consider what moves you. You may love this industry but are you still passionate about what you’re doing? Maybe your focus has changed or you’re looking to change your niche. What do you really want to be doing? Identify what moves you NOW and carve out a path to get there.
Reconnect with your peers. Engaging with other professionals who truly get what you’re going through will reward you in honest truths and enthusiastic advice. SPiN is an excellent vehicle for this. Virtual and in-person groups are amazing tools for frank discussions with people who can be practical sounding boards. Seek out a new “career BFF” – someone whose own path you admire who isn’t afraid to give you honest feedback and sensible direction. Some of our fellow planners are doing extraordinary new things!
Just do it. I know that may sound glib or over-used, but it really is the most important step in making any change. As they say, it is far better to try and fail than to never try at all.
Remember this: as an accomplished senior planner you uniquely have the power and ability to make anything happen. Use those mad skills to take your career to the next level!
Mary Beth is an event specialist with The Really Fabulous Event Co. where the team provides inspired event design, planning and implementation services to corporations and associations that require professional assistance with the details and components of their meetings and events. You might be surprised to know that Mary Beth is a highly decorated highland dancer and yes, she does have her own sword! Mary Beth is President of the Toronto Branch of SPIN.
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