- the action or process of growth and progress.
- a significant consequence or event.
Professional development is an essential component as you progress throughout your career. It enables you to enhance your skills, sets you up for success and differentiates you from your peers.
In this Education Essentials, you'll learn how you can invest in your professional development by building your network, leveraging social media, earning designations, showcasing your personal brand, taking advantage of mentorship opportunities and more.
How to Invest in Your Professional Development
Focusing on professional development is highly important to show value and stay relevant within your company by applying new knowledge and expanding your skillsets. Bonus: Proactive professional development demonstrates a willingness to succeed and a desire to take ownership of your own career.
In this FICP blog post, you'll find key tips on how to invest in your own professional development.
FICP Anytime Webinar: Effective Leadership
In this recent FICP Anytime webinar, hear from a panel of industry peers on impactful experiences that set them up to lead, how collaboration and partnerships have helped them succeed in their job path, and tips for leadership skills development that can be implemented at any stage of your career.
Set Yourself Apart With Designations
Earning a professional industry certification means recognition of attaining the highest standard of professionalism in the industry. Check out the FICP designations toolkit to learn more about the process of attaining credentials.
Leverage Your Online Professional Network: 4 Tips to Network on LinkedIn
Your professional network can help you find a job and unlock new opportunities, so it’s important to build and foster your professional relationships. Every connection, new and existing, has the potential to impact your professional life positively, whether that’s a job recommendation, an introduction or career advice.
In this article, you'll find tips to leverage these connections via LinkedIn, such as connecting with people you already know, reconnecting with contacts you've lost touch with and sharing your insights and stories by posting content.
Your Personal Brand
Everyone has a reputation — from the first impressions you make to the relationships you form — but building your personal brand is more intentional. Your personal brand is how you want people to see you.
Start building your personal brand by understanding what drives you and aligning your values with your organization's goals. Once you've determined your brand, increase your visibility by creating a stakeholder map and identifying the people you want to connect with. Making these connections will give you the opportunity to highlight your skills and interests and see how these competencies might benefit them and their work. Read more.
Find Your Mentor
The meetings and events industry is all about connections, but how do you find a mentor to help guide and advance your career?
Here are some top tips from the people who've been there.
Start by identifying what you're looking for with this relationship and consider your short- and long-term career goals. Remember that you can find mentors in unexpected places: consider your professional circle, group of friends or alumni network. Lastly, don't forget to be a good mentee, and never underestimate the power of gratitude.
#TBT – FICP Anytime Webinar: How About Networking?
As Zoom networking continues to be a part of our routine, how are you maximizing the online time you have with your customers, clients or partners? In this FICP Anytime webinar, hear from Myka Meier, etiquette trainer and best-selling author of Business Etiquette Made Easy, to learn how to network like a pro.
Sponsored: 3 Ways Incentive Travel Can Boost Professional Growth
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For years, incentive travel would conjure up images of a week spent celebrating extraordinary results at an exclusive resort overlooking the ocean. Nowadays, it encompasses so much more than that. Top performers are increasingly seeking authentic, transformational experiences when they travel, along with the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge. As a result, beyond motivating and rewarding employees, incentives have also become a vehicle for promoting professional development. Across Canada, there are an array of experiences that deliver just that. Here are three ways to embrace professional development in your incentive program.
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