In our Upcoming Events, I posted about a terrific, FREE learning and development resource: The Claim Your Financial Power 21-day money management video summit, organized by my friend and coaching colleague Kelly Gushue.
She pulled together some top-rate coaches and advisers for her event — I talked about money and career issues, but she also featured Manisha Thakor, one of my favorite finance bloggers; Cary Carbonaro, aurhor of The Money Queen’s Guide, one of my picks for favorite books from 2016; and Georgette Huang, founder of FairyGodBoss, a terrific job posting and company review site, among other great speakers.
The live summit is finished but she is sharing replays of all the interviews one more time from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24. You can register for free at:
Attending a free online summit is one tool for learning and development, which is crucial to keeping your career strong. Continual learning and development ensures that your skills are updated, your expertise is current, and your experience stays relevant to the market.
In a recent Forbes post, I listed 88 career actions for a stronger career in 2018, and 12 of these actions were related to learning and development. For additional, related tips on each one, I’ve linked to a longer post within each recommended action:
- Attend a lecture or one-session workshop at your local college or even the Y. You’ll get a new skill or at least something interesting to talk about when you network.
- Tap into your alma mater’s career services. This is valuable free support.
- Tap into your local library for career services. Some branches offer workshops or research. At the very least, you can borrow books on professional development or biographies of inspiring people.
- Review your company training offerings. Many companies offer in-house or subsidized external training on computer, communication, management or other general professional skills.
- Check in with your mentor.
- Make a list of areas where you need mentorship or advice. Look at your network for who you can tap as your personal Board of Directors.
- Check in with your mentee, or at least respond to a request for help or advice.
- Attend a professional association meeting or industry conference in an area outside your day-to-day work. What ideas, best practices, or people can you introduce to your area?
- Read about something outside your day-to-day work.
- Enlist a mentor or manager friend to role play a negotiation with you.
- Enlist a mentor or manager friend to role play an interview with you.
- Teach something you’re trying to improve at – for example, if you’re training on a new software, explain it to a colleague.
What learning and development resources will you use now and into 2018? Where would you like help? We read each and every comment, and it helps inspire future blog topics!