When it comes to any profession, it is ever changing. There are new policies, government standards, technology, people and so much more.
If you are not currently working on professionally developing yourself
ready to fall behind your competition.
You may think you have been in the
industry long enough where professional development no longer applies to you,
but you are wrong. Even if you consider yourself swamped at work, you should be
including professional development into your work load.
Professional development can be as easy as reading a few
pages each night of an interesting book you have been wanting to read, attending
a seminar in your city, searching the internet for changing information, or
going to a webinar that is hosted by a professional in your industry. Talk to your colleagues and see what they are
doing to professionally develop
themelves. Then ask them if it is working
and if they are learning from their experiences.
Professional development can
never hurt you, only help, because you will be better informed than you were
the day before.
An example of some professional developing I am doing myself
is hosting an event called Wisdom & Wine. For this particular event, I talk
to some of the smartest people I know in different industries and ask if they
will hold a seminar for people to attend. This way I am able to listen to what
they have to say while sharing their information with friends, clients and
co-workers. (If you would like to attend, just let me know. I would be happy to
provide you with the list of dates and topics).
I also try to read books about
different ways to market myself and help my clients. I believe that
professional development is very important; therefore, I make room for it in my
While there are weeks where I know allowing time for
anything other than work and family is difficult, that is ok. Just make time at
some point to grow your professional horizon. You, your clients, customers and
co-workers will thank you.