Regardless of what field you are in, whether you hold a professional license, or continuing education is required for your profession, everyone benefits from professional development on a regular basis. Proactively completing formal learning and development demonstrates initiative to your manager, and if you are the manager, it sets a great example for your staff.
When there is an opportunity for a promotion, or a stretch assignment, leaders are more likely to select a staff person who has recently completed some professional development activities, rather than someone who is just waiting for their next opportunity to fall in their lap.
- Complete a course in your employer's learning management system, or through a MOOC
- Ask a senior manager for a book recommendation, then listen to it on your commute
- Join a professional organization in your field
- Submit an article for publication in a trade magazine or newsletter that you subscribe to
- Reach out to a mentor to discuss your long-term career path
- Deliver a training at your office, or through a professional organization
- Take a professional development class in-person or online at the community college
- Attend a regional conference
- Participate in a multi-day training or industry certification course
- Earn a graduate certificate or Master's degree in your discipline
- Attend a national or international conference