MPI to set definitive career paths for C&I professionals

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced plans to launch the industry’s first guide to career progression. Entitled ‘Career Pathways’, the programme will define core competencies for meetings professionals and create personalised pathways for growth. Talking at the MPI 2005 Professional Education Conference – Europe, held in Monaco last month, John Parke, president of Leadership Synergies, the company heading up the MPI project, said the aim of the programme was to elevate the meetings profession into the realms of other careers, like law or medicine. "It’s time now for the meetings industry to emerge as a recognised profession, with a clearly defined career structure in place for people working in it to follow," he said. The organisation is currently running a series of member forums in order to ascertain and differentiate between all the jobs within the meetings industry. The job descriptions and the skills required to do each job will be outlined on the MPI website and members will be encouraged to go online to complete their own individual career development programme. "They will be given a personal career action plan that connects them to training tools, exam courses, mentors and networking opportunities that will help them achieve their professional goals from the start to the end of their career," said Parke. Although a soft launch of Career Pathways is scheduled for July 2005, it will officially go live in January 2006. With help from sponsors Intercontinental and the MPI Foundation, around £790,000 has been invested in the programme and a taskforce of eight full-time staff based in the US have been employed to oversee the project on a day-to-day basis. "We want to get to the stage where an employer says ‘I want to employ a level-three meetings planner’," said Parke. For more details log on to http://www.mpiweb.org/news/tmp/2005/2/coverstory.pdf

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