When Learning Becomes Professional Development

May 3, 2011 at 7:33 am | Posted in Career Moves | 5 Comments
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Growing up, you may not think twice about why you go to school.  It’s a social norm that you are born into and follow as society has laid it out for you.  Those of us from good backgrounds with good systems in place will finish high school and go on to college for higher education, and then enter into careers.  But the learning doesn’t stop there.  It morphs into something called professional development.

You may or not may get credit for professional development, but it is designed to make you better at your job, the idea being that the world is always changing and there are always new ways of doing things (and new things to do).  There is always room for improvement.

Professional development, just like internships in high school or college, help you stay one step ahead of the game.  The fresher your skills and the larger your skill set,the more you can compete in the workforce. Professional development is often something you have to seek out yourself as it is not always required by employers.  And sometimes professional development may have little or nothing to do with your current career and more about something you are interested in.  It can take the form of going back to school, or taking just a few classes, or attending a conference. You can always take online classes if you don’t have time to attend a traditional school but need to further enhance your skills and knowledge.

In a few short weeks, I will be using vacation time to attend my first blogger’s conference.  Yes, I am voluntarily taking time off to learn more about blogging and meet other bloggers.  And I can’t wait!  Here’s the really fun part — it’s in Miami!  So while I will be spending a huge chunk of type learning about blogging, I will be able to find time to enjoy the heat and nightlife Miami is known for.

I won’t get any credit for attending this conference, but I know I’ll learn a lot, and hopefully, inspired to write!

Check out the conference web site!


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  1. a bloggers’ conference? that sounds fun, I hope you enjoy it. 😉

    • thanks! I’m sure I’ll have plenty to report back!

  2. […] read this blog a few days ago about Professional Development, really it points out how you never stop learning and how this blogger is developing herself […]

  3. That sounds like a lot of fun! Please share some tips with us when you get back 🙂

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