How To Get Back Into Celebrancy After A Break

celebrant Mar 17, 2024

Life is full of twists and turns, and sometimes we find ourselves stepping away from our celebrancy careers for various reasons. Whether it’s to focus on family, personal growth, or other pursuits, taking a break from being a celebrant is not uncommon. However, when the time comes to re-enter the world of celebrancy, it can feel daunting. It can feel like you have forgotten everything you have ever learned!

The good news is, we can continue to help and support you at any stage in your career, and with the right mindset and approach, getting back into celebrancy can be a smooth and rewarding experience. Here are some things to consider:

Reflect on Your Why

Before diving back into celebrancy, take some time to reflect on why you chose this path in the first place, and why you needed to take the break. What drew you to celebrancy? What aspects of the job did you love? Can you recall the satisfaction you felt by marking a major rite of passage in a way that brought meaning and significance? 

Reconnecting with your passion and purpose will reignite your motivation and enthusiasm for the role. Similarly, reflecting on what caused your pause is important. For example, if you paused your career due to feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it’s important to set out a roadmap to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We are here to support you with this process. You can reflect on your why within our Facebook group, if you want to, and get some advice, support and guidance. 

Update Your Skills and Knowledge

We know you might feel under prepared and this can be scary. The field of celebrancy is constantly evolving, so it’s essential to brush up on your skills and knowledge before re-entering the market. You can attend ICPC workshops and CPDs, or attend an ICPC refresher course to learn the latest best practices and remind yourself of some core learning too. There’s no need to feel underprepared, because there are so many resources available to you to help develop more confidence. 

Refresh Your Brand

Your personal brand is crucial. It tells the story of who you are and what you have to offer. Take this opportunity to refresh your brand identity, including your website, social media profiles, and marketing materials. Ensure that your messaging is clear, consistent, and reflects your unique style and approach as a celebrant. You’ll feel far more confident and professional when your online presence looks up-to-date and sparkling new. If you feel you need help with this area, please reach out to us and we will happily recommend the right person for you.

Reconnect with Your Network

Whether it be your training cohort, a facebook group or peers you have met along the way, it is time to reconnect with them. Networking is key to success in any industry, and celebrancy is no exception. Reach out to colleagues, past clients, and industry contacts to reintroduce yourself and let them know you’re back in the game. It is a really good idea to  attend networking events, participate in social media discussions, and meet new people on training courses. Here’s a reminder of why peer support in celebrancy is so important. If you would like to know more about networking effectively, you may like to join this free CPD session.

Seek Mentorship or Coaching

If you’re feeling unsure or rusty about certain aspects of celebrancy, don’t hesitate to seek mentorship or coaching. Connecting with experienced celebrants who can offer guidance, advice, and support can be invaluable as you ease back into the role. We offer mentorship as part of our ICPC membership and advanced membership packages and welcome you to discuss your business goals, fears and challenges. Remember we are here to help you, not judge you, so feel free to tell us anything so we can provide the right guidance. 

Practice Self-Care

Transitioning back into celebrancy after a break can be demanding both physically and emotionally. Remember to prioritise self-care and well-being as you navigate this process. Set boundaries, manage stress effectively, and make time for activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. We want you to be the very best celebrant you can be - and that means starting by loving yourself first. Look out for an ICPC  Wellness Day coming soon.

Celebrate Your Progress

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate your progress and accomplishments along the way. You have done such a good job to progress into celebrancy in the first place and should continue to reward yourself. Take the time to acknowledge how far you’ve come and the impact you’re making as a celebrant.

We are here to help and support you. Whether you’d like a mentor, a refresher course, or some specific training via a CPD, we can give you these opportunities and many more. Plus, we encourage you to reach out to peers, or join the ICPC membership, to ensure you are properly held and supported in your journey. You and your progress are important to us.