not your Human Resources or Personnel department
or even your immediate Boss.
individual should take responsibility for
his/her professional development, to remain
employable in the company & in the industry
where yo would like to make a career. Presently,
I find in many organisations, learning &
professional development budgets are getting
restricted. So how would you work on professional
whether you are employed or searching for
job, I would suggest you can try the following
initiatives, to address professional development
Join & contribute to a professional
association related to your industry. This
will help you keep in touch with latest
industry trends & happenings.
Have one major learning experience each
quarter. If your present job is not giving
necessary challenges, seek out other opportunities.
Volunteer for a nonprofit, attend a conference,
or take a class. Remember it should be
Take a self-performance review. Look at
your growth and performance. Be truthful
about your strengths and weaknesses and
what you should focus on in the coming year.
Write your resume / C.V. once every 6 months.
Check if there is any addition in the experience,
skills or references. Identify & work
on the areas & skills for improvements.
Meet with at least two former colleagues
each month. Discuss - seek information about
your industry and how is it developing.
It will help to keep track of opportunities
& trends. This will also help you to
be prepare for unpleasant surprises.