Congratulations to Zinhle Khoza, CEM of Reeds Exhibitions South Africa for earning her CEM! Read about her CEM journey, and catch her and other recent graduates during the 2020 CEM Presentation at #ExpoExpo!
University of Education: University of Johannesburg
How has the CEM designation helped in your career?
It was helped me gain solid essential industry knowledge as well as learning from other members based on their industry experiences.
Why is it important to maintain the CEM designation?
International or global exposure, as well as upgrading your knowledge. Also to be recognized by other key industry players.
What made you want to obtain your CEM designation?
Upskilling myself. Be accredited by an organization such as the IAEE.
What advice would you give to an aspiring individual who wants to apply for the CEM program?
It’s doable and manageable. Set aside at least 3 hours per week to engage , share ideas (module group on the website) and revision. Always ask where necessary and the CEM instructors for each program are always available.
How did you start your career in this industry?
My story is actually funny. Looking back to the years at school I did not even think I would be where I am. I studied Tourism years ago , later in life advanced my studies to a Project Management certification which landed my current position as an events coordinator. That’s how I landed in this industry and what a great shift that was. I am loving every moment along with the challenges , its really been epic!
How have you made a difference with your show or with working with a client by applying the knowledge you gained by obtaining your CEM designation?
Well I am still new and with the current global pandemic we haven’t had any activity, I am planning to share all my learning with my team and my company as soon as we back on.
What did you like most about the CEM Learning Program?
I loved the handout contents / study materials. The commitment , engagement and patience of the module instructors. The courses outlined modules were straightforward and will be used as reference going forward.