Job-specific knowledge can make your career in today’s job marketplace.
I remember my last day of college. I walked outside the building that housed my final, final exam, stepped into the sun and felt release and freedom. My whole life up to that point had focused on one thing—learning. My first reaction: Yay! I don’t have to learn anymore!
Silly, silly me.
By now, most of you know that learning doesn’t stop when school ends (you are the professionals who plan professional development programs, after all). Job-specific knowledge can make your career in today’s job marketplace.
Employers hire subject matter experts wherever and whenever they can. From their perspective, it’s still a buyer’s market. They can afford to hire people that they couldn’t five years ago. So from a business standpoint, they want to recruit the highest quality people to improve their organizations.
So, what are you doing to establish your subject-matter expertise?
You need to be proactively planning your attendance at classes, workshops, trainings, conventions, conferences, trade shows, webinars and industry certifications. You need to up the ante for potential internal promotions and outdistance your competitors for other jobs. These professional development opportunities can and will make the difference.
So, ask yourself these questions.
- Do I have any skills gaps that I can close by learning a new concept?
- Do I need to brush up on any skills that have become dated?
- Could I benefit from finding out about emerging trends?
- Would my workplace benefit from having someone who understands ____ (skill) better?
- Would a particular skill set or understanding help me establish internal best practices to enhance overall operations and/or profitability?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you have your work cut out for you.
You’re actually pretty lucky. MPI is an incredible resource for professional development through its online webinars and research, its magazine, its blogs and its international, regional and chapter events.
I’ve been attending the World Education Congress (WEC) for four years now, and each time, the depth of educational tracks blows me away. Attending events delivers on virtually every question asked above.
So if you’re on the fence, you need to jump off of it. There should be no question about whether or not to make the investment.
School may be over, but professional development must continue, and registering for the WEC and other MPI educational events in the coming year will propel your career forward. One+
One+ June 2012,