Let’s talk professional development for a moment. This can be any or all of these:
- A computer course at your local community college
- A seminar on social networking
- A trade show with some education attached
- A course given by your industry’s trade association
- A class in your particular field given by a national association (ie. marketing, sales, accounting, law, bookkeeping, education, etc.)
- A motivational seminar (ala Dale Carnegie or Jeffrey Gitomer)
- Additional degrees, such as Associates, Bachelors, Masters
You might think that during difficult economic times, it’s bad to be spending money on something that might or might not pay off.
You would be wrong!
First, now is an excellent time to try to improve your value to your employer. By improving your existing skill set, or learning a new skill set, you become that much more valuable to your employer, helping to ensure your continued employment.
In addition, in case you do find yourself looking for a new position, your beefed-up resume and shiny new skills and degree will look very attractive to a new employer.
Your current employer might even help pay for some or all of your continuing education classes if they directly benefit the company or organization, or if they have a program in place.
Why not ask?
Even something as simple and low key as an afternoon seminar can help get your creative and motivational juices flowing, perhaps bringing about an increase in your productivity, fresh ideas, and a new way of looking at ongoing problems or issues.
As they say…It’s All Good!
So, try to keep it fresh, keep yourself growing professionally and personally, and I predict good things in your future!
Only YOU can make it happen, so get out there and learn something!