Yahoo! Advises “Don’t let one of these thriving careers pass you by”

In the article, Booming Careers You Haven’t Considered, Yahoo! names three careers as fast-growing and in demand.

Software Developer
Medical Assistant
Event Planner

Yahoo! cites advice of Anita Bruzzese, a workplace issue columnist for USA Today and author of “Take This Job and Thrive”:

“I’ve heard some truly sad stories of people spending $80,000 on a college degree in a field that has very little demand now or in the future,” says Bruzzese. “They didn’t bother to do any research on their chosen field, and they are now saddled with some big student loan debt.” Bruzzese says many factors can impact job demand, such as the economy, population, and politics. And while it may be difficult to predict the political future, we do know something about job growth and demand from the U.S. Department of Labor’s employment figures.

It’s true. And thanks to the Internet, research is far easier than when the world was flat and I was trying to figure out my next career. A quick trip to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics and their Occupational Outlook Handbook confirms why Yahoo! considers these fastest growing careers. Students in DCTC’s Meeting and Event Management Program are excited about the growth of their chosen career. It probably also has something to do with the fact that students in the program are located across the United States.

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DCTC Students are ‘Rolling on the River’ Again – May 9!

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DCTC Hospitality students and alumni, reserve your spot NOW for this great night of experience that will roll from the river right onto your resume and portfolio. Then plan to join us in the ballroom for a fantastic dinner and program.
Great River Gathering 1The Riverfront Corporation is host to this 19th annual event — the Great River Gathering. The corporation champions urban design as a strategic tool for improving St Paul’s quality of life and business climate. They are especially dedicated to St Paul on the Mississippi River and you will recognize many of their initiatives. In fact, you have likely enjoyed some of them!) Check out their portfolio. You’ll also recognize many local celebrities, civic, and business leaders at this event.

Here’s how to join me in this “Rolling on the River’ experience.
Request a shift by April 19, 11:59 p.m. from the list below and email me your request ( Use the subject line River. Then save these dates on your calendar:
April 27, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Training by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation at the Apple Valley campus
May 9, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre for the big night!

Pick your shift from one of these:
8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Liaison: Work with host staff to “make it happen”.
noon-9:30 p.m. Coordinator: Work with host staff to problem solve and “make it happen”.
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Exhibit Coordinator: Liaise with exhibitors.
3:30-9:30 p.m. Whatever-it-Takes: Be the first line of greeting at registration, farewell, and everything in between.

I will confirm receipt of all shift request emails. Requests will be considered on first-come, first-serve basis. GPA (if applicable) will also be considered. Shift notifications will be distributed by April 25.

Perspective from an industry icon

Degree opens door to events article from Goldblatt-001Professor Joe Goldblatt has been around the industry longer than me. Yes, I know that’s a bit difficult to comprehend. He taught at George Washington University and relocated a few years ago to Scotland where he now teaches at Queen Margaret University and serves as executive director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events. My students may recognize his name as the author of at least one of our textbooks. Goldblatt truly is an industry icon. So I was thrilled when his office forwarded me a reprint of his recent article: Degree opens doors to events.

U.S. employers increasingly echo Goldblatt’s statements. The conference and event industry has become so competitive that employers are mitigating hazards in our high-cost and high-risk business by demanding individuals with a targeted education. Students in DCTC’s Meeting and Event Management degree program who are already experienced in the field are finding a two-year degree that specializes in conference and events to be their doorway to a successful future. And, thanks to the loyal industry experts we partner with, students who have been managing events for years are always surprised at what they didn’t know. Things change when you aren’t looking. It seems that’s especially true of conferences and events.

Contact me if you want to backfill your education to further your own career, brush up on a specific topic or explore customized training for your staff. CMP clock hours have already been approved by the Convention and Industry Council. If you are looking for new hires or interns, DO list your needs at DCTC Leadership and Hospitality Network LinkedIn Group.