Professional development is an important aspect of all adult lives, but especially so for recent graduates or individuals who are new to a particular industry. A lot of us want to ask what our new company is going to do for us in terms of professional development, and while that is a great question and an important aspect of accepting a new position, I also feel like it’s important to take your professional development into your own hands as well.
- If you want to learn a new skill, enroll in a class for it!
- If you want to be more active in your community, check out some free resources of how to get involved!
- If you want to advance your career but aren’t sure how, attend some business seminars and get to networking!
- If you just want a professional option of which direction to go in, find a mentor!
These are just a few examples of some ways you can not only advance your professional development but also grow as a person yourself. To make a personal example, I was a recent graduate myself when I first started working with Barracuda Staffing. I always knew I wanted to excel and work my way up in a company, but first I needed to understand the basics of the new industry I was in. After I became comfortable with my new position, I started seeking advice through my peers and my leadership team. A few months later I started to attend seminars and talks around the community as well as find ways to volunteer and help my community. I am by no means an expert nor do I spend countless hours a week attending these seminars, but I learned a substantial amount by just showing up and putting my best foot forward.
I am lucky to work for a company that realizes their employee’s potential and continuously trains and develops them both personally and professionally, but unfortunately several industries don’t have that same luxury. If professional development is a priority and a motivator of yours, I urge you go out and explore your options. Who knows where you could be this time next year.