Responsibility for your professional Development lies squarely on your shoulders. No matter your situation, use these tips to keep sharp:
- Meet with two former coworkers each month: Talk about your industry and where it is headed. This will keep you tapped into the community.
- Have one major learning experience each quarter: If your work isn't giving you the necessary challenges, see out other opportunities. Volunteer for a nonprofit, attend a conference or take a class.
- Give yourself a performance review: Reflect on your growth and performance, whether through a formal process or not. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and what you should focus on in the coming year.