How Professional Development Helps Advance Your Career

by HR Team on July 26, 2012

professional development opportunitiesCongratulations! You’ve landed a new job and are ready to begin the next chapter of your professional development. While you’re in the midst of learning a new job, new skills and acclimating yourself to a new office, be sure to also keep your eyes peeled for professional development opportunities that will help you continue to advance your career.

After all, your career is a journey — and as you move forward, it’s important to seek new opportunities and continue to build on your existing skill set (not to mention learn new skills).

Consider Roger’s triumphant return to his former workplace in the concluding episode of our Engineering Career GPS video series on Engineering.com. He returns to speak at a chapter meeting for a local engineering association and, while there, trades a number of professional development ideas with his former career mentor and partner-in-crime, Jen.

Accepting speaking opportunities is a great way to not only demonstrate your expertise, but also expand your professional network. If you’re interested in writing, you may want to start a blog — whether your own site or by contributing to your company’s blog. Speaking is another great way to showcase your expertise. You can also combine speaking and blogging. If you’ve created presentation slides to help guide your speaking gig, consider posting them to SlideShare and then embedding the presentation in an accompanying blog post.

By pushing yourself to learn new skills and accept new responsibilities and opportunities, you’ll not only boost your resume and make new connections, you’ll enjoy a more fulfilling career experience, too.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Engineering Career GPS video series. We’d love to hear any feedback you may have, so feel free to leave a comment. And if you’re embarking on your own job search as part of your long-term career development, we wish you the best of luck.

Image by stefan.erschwendner via Creative Commons

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