Owning your Own Professional Development – Weekly Update

Owning your Own Professional Development – Weekly Update

Ken Meyer, SHRM-SCP, SPHR | Principal, KWM HR Consulting LLC

Being that this is the second-to-last President’s Message I will be sending out to you, I wanted to write about a recurring theme of some of my previous President’s Messages. That recurring theme is the importance of exercising ownership over your own professional development.

Owning your own professional development is not just a career strategy; it’s a fundamental responsibility in today’s dynamic workforce. As professionals, we must recognize that our growth and success are directly tied to our proactive engagement in continuous learning and skill enhancement.

In the ever-evolving business landscape, waiting for opportunities to come to you is no longer viable. Taking ownership means identifying the skills and knowledge that will propel you forward and actively seeking out the resources to develop them. This could involve pursuing advanced degrees, obtaining certifications, or participating in workshops and seminars. By doing so, you are not only enhancing your skill set but also demonstrating your commitment to excellence and adaptability.

Moreover, personal investment in professional development fosters a culture of innovation and resilience. When individuals take charge of their growth, they bring fresh perspectives and cutting-edge expertise to their organizations, driving progress and competitive advantage. This proactive approach also prepares you for unforeseen challenges and equips you with the versatility needed to navigate complex career landscapes.

Ultimately, owning your professional development empowers you to shape your career trajectory. It signals to employers and peers alike that you are a dedicated, forward-thinking professional who values growth and is prepared to lead in an ever-changing world.

Be well.

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