According to James Weinberg, founder and CEO of Boston, Mass.-based Commongood Careers, heading back to school is only one of the paths you can choose when it comes to professional development. At a recent conference hosted by the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), Weinberg listed seven other things you can do to advance your career:
- Workshops. Some of these guarantee certificates, but check to see if that piece of paper means anything for your professional career.
- Self-education books. Sometimes the best teacher is yourself. Look for books or online course to expand your knowledge.
- In-house mentors. Ask a competent colleague or supervisor for help.
- Outside mentors. Structure a relationship with someone in the field that works outside of your organization.
- Peer networks. These organize individuals with similar jobs.
- Consulting. Side projects can help you encounter elements of your position that may not come up at your job.
- Volunteering. This offers flexibility to your schedule.
As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to make sure you head down the right road in your career. Make sure to use a combination of the above tips to get the most successful results.