School’s out for the summer… or is it?
Most professionals agree that knowledge is power. In today’s competitive business world where staying up-to-date and relevant is essential for keeping one step ahead of the competition, now more than ever, the more you know the more marketable you are and the more successful you will be. That’s why it’s so imperative to always keep learning, advancing and broadening your knowledge base. That doesn’t mean you have to head back to the classroom or spend thousands of dollars on online courses. There are many varied options to enhance your skill set, expand your industry knowledge and grow, both professionally and personally.
Before you start signing up for courses, give some thought to what your ultimate goals are; what new skills would benefit you. Be realistic. Think about how much time, effort and money you can devote to this learning endeavor. Once you make a commitment to invest in yourself, follow through. Dropping out is not an option!
Check to see if your company offers tuition reimbursement to pay for all or at least some portion of your course fee or tuition. Make sure the courses you are interested in are all pre-approved. If they aren’t, build a case for why you think they should be, i.e., the skills you learn will help you be more productive at your job. Then confidently approach your supervisor with your request.
Explore Educational Resources
As an NAPW member, you have access to a wealth of educational opportunities. Your membership benefits include unlimited on-demand webinars and seminars, online courses, free or discounted live seminars and webinars and much more through NAPW’s partnership with National Seminars Training/STAR12 and discounted continuing education opportunities from Lorman Education. Plus, you’ll find additional career-enhancing resources, tools and guidance through NAPW Career Services.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
While it’s important to continue learning so you stay relevant in your field and at your current job, exploring other fields of study serves to enhance your professional aptitude. For example, if you are an accountant, consider taking a course in web design. If writing is your expertise, try your hand at sales by signing up for a sales 101 seminar. This broadens your scope of knowledge, helps you understand how other departments work, and who knows, may even inspires you to make a career change. The more you know the better!
Tap Your Network
Look to your colleagues and acquaintances for new learning experiences. Speak up and ask for guidance from a fellow NAPW member if you have questions about an industry topic. If there is a particular topic you are interested in, suggest inviting a guest speaker, who is an expert in the field, to your next Local Chapter meeting to present to the group. And, by all means, offer to give a presentation if you feel you have something informative to offer so that others may learn from you.
Be inspired by the words of the late, great, poet Maya Angelou, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
Gain the knowledge and feel the power!
We want to hear from you! Do you believe knowledge is power? What have you done to develop professionally and personally?