Professional development is the on-going practice of attaining knowledge, skills, and practical experience to advance one’s career. Opportunities for professional development can be informal or formal, as well as structured or unstructured.
Some activities include (but are not limited to!): college coursework, certifications, webinars, professional association membership and conference attendance, reading professional journals, contributing to a professional blog, writing an article for publication, participating in a mentor network, presenting at a conference, or serving in a leadership role on a work-related or professional association committee.
Taking time to engage in professional development opportunities not only keeps you cutting-edge within your field, it also allows you to network with other professionals and develop your professional brand – all of which can advance your career!
The following resource will assist you with continued professional development and self-improvement.