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Do you do any professional development?

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Marshall’s Answer

Kendra-

Yes, this is something that can vary by person and industry as to how it specifically looks, but it is definitely a constant for any person both professionally but also in personal lives.

Things change; technology, markets, laws, roles and so on. Knowing what is going on, keeping yourself educated is professional development. Learning new skills and how to do something better, or different is also part of development.

There are lots of way to get and digest this kind of information. It can be online: videos, articles, courses, chat platforms etc. It can also be in person/real life [IRL]: School/classes, conventions, socals/networking events or reading magazines or journals.

Depending on your goals this will also vary. If you are wanting to add a new skill, you will probably take a class or do some sort of training event. If you are just wanting to keep up to date on your industry and its challenges and successes others are facing, you may read an article or watch a video or attend an event.

I do/have done all of the above.
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Yanneth’s Answer

Absolutely, I agree! The journey of learning is never-ending, no matter how many years you've spent in your field. It's crucial to keep up-to-date and continue growing.
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Jenica’s Answer

Hello Kendra! Currently, I do, but there was a time when I didn't, and I truly wish I had begun earlier. There came a moment in my professional journey when I found myself grappling with certain skills. Luckily, I discovered a mentor who could guide me in those specific areas. This guidance proved to be a game-changer, even leading to a promotion within a year. Reflecting on it, if I had taken that initiative earlier, I might have navigated that learning curve sooner!
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Laurie’s Answer

Kendra, Such a great question and love that you are thinking ahead! As previous responses addressed, continuing education is very common in most industries. Healthcare, education, finance, technology, skilled trades, I could go on and on. Continuing ed is necessary to keep your skills sharp and to be up-to-date on changes in your given industry. For people who hold licenses and/or certifications typically have required education hours that must be taken annually or bi-annually. Whether it is required or not, pursuing professional development will help you sharpen your skills and can help you progress in your career. Best to you in future career endeavors.
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