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Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Professional development is a key factor of sustainable growth as we navigate through our careers. It’s highly important to show value and stay relevant within our companies and we can do so by applying new knowledge and expanding our skillsets. Being proactive to progress in your own growth, both personal and professionally demonstrates a willingness to succeed and a desire to take ownership of your own career. Below, I’ve listed a few key tips on how to invest in your own professional development.
Expanding your knowledge base is extremely important. Access to education is at our finger tips these days with the increase of webinars and virtual libraries. Attending industry conferences will provide great opportunities to seek new ideas, share best practices, and stay on top of industry trends. Investing if your education by obtaining certifications, such as the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation will show your company you are committed to your development and provide value.
Professional relationships are priceless. We can bounce ideas off each other, collaborate to learn new skills and offer career advice. Being active in an industry organization, such as FICP provides opportunities to grow your network and learn from each other. The magic of industry connections can also open you up to career opportunities in the future.
Finding a mentor, someone who you look up to and who has a desirable career path can be so valuable. Often, others have similar obstacles and learning experiences throughout their career. A mentor can provide guidance and advice on helping you excel in your position and move forward!
My last tip and what I find to be one of the most important – be proactive and be your own biggest cheerleader! Determine your goals, advocate for yourself and create opportunities that will enhance your career and show value. The most important person to push you along and make things happen is yourself!
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