CAE Candidates Seek Advice
Last year, I set out to become a certified meeting professional. After reviewing the required texts and researching my study options, I settled on a study regime, stuck with it and passed the exam on my first attempt.
The fact that I passed the exam is not important. The real story follows.
On March 6, I posted the following status update to my Facebook account: Aaron became a certified meeting professional today! Within one minute, I had received the following comment: Good for you! Next is your CAE!
At the time, I was sort of surprised by the comment. I mean, really? Iâ€™m an â€œemerging professional.â€ Iâ€™m not yet ready for this, right? Wrong.
As I think about it more and more, Iâ€™m warming up to the idea. Why couldnâ€™t I take the CAE exam? Although I consider myself an emerging professional, I do have six years of association experience under my belt. I mean, I at least qualify to sit for the exam.
Whatâ€™s more, the association community feels like home. Iâ€™ve found a place where my experience, skills and talents can be put to good use. Specifically, I feel like my enthusiasm and innovation create value for members of my association each and every day.
And so Iâ€™m wondering if there are others out there, like me, who arenâ€™t completely convinced that the CAE designation is within reach. On behalf of these individuals, I seek your advice.
If youâ€™re a certified association executive, what advice do you have for those of us interested in sitting for the exam? Where should we start? What resources do you recommend? How much time do we really need to prepare? How would you study differently if you had to do it all over again?
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