Professional development is an important step to increasing your odds of landing a job but, according to James Weinberg, founder and CEO of Boston-based Commongood Careers, there are many different methods to doing this besides attending grad school. During a recent talk at the Nonprofit Technology Network's (NTEN) Nonprofit Technology Conference, Weinberg listed six other ways of diversifying your skills:
- Workshops. Some workshops guarantee certificates, but check to see if that piece of paper means anything for your professional career.
- Self-education books. Sometimes your best teacher is yourself. Look for books or online courses that can help.
- Peer networks. These organize colleagues with similar jobs.
- Mentoring. You can learn a lot by teaching others
- 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.