Not long ago, I attended a seminar at the Association Forum of Chicagoland about getting the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. For anyone interested in a long-term career in the association industry, eventually aiming for it is a given – while it’s undoubtedly hard work, in the end you’ll gain credibility, confidence, and knowledge across a large number of areas.
But, where does a master’s degree fit into your career goals? Is it more important than the CAE? Does it even matter? If you want both, which should you get first?
At this session, entitled, “Take Your Career to the Next Level with the CAE Designation,” presenter Stephen Stahr suggests getting both. However, he recommends getting the CAE first if given the choice. The time commitment is shorter, and many of the same topics will be covered (though expanded upon), in a master’s program, making it the logical next step.
Personally, my choice would be made at “shorter time commitment.” However, I’m sure that others disagree and would want to complete their master’s degrees first. I’d love to hear opinions…if given the option, would you choose to go after your master’s degree or CAE credential?
For more on the CAE, visit this page on the ASAE site: http://tinyurl.com/2xjg8u