You may want to develop and hone professional skills, but you may not have the time to commit to a long-term degree or certification program. You may have earned professional credentials but need continuing education credits. Professional development conferences are a great option. Your employer may cover conference costs to build on existing skills or learn new ones, which offer benefits for you and your company.
Professional organizations or associations exist in a variety of industries, providing educational and professional development opportunities and allowing you to earn credentials and network with others in your industry. As a professional development tool, they can also help you learn and grow in your career field.
Professional associations hold professional development conferences, providing a perfect opportunity for networking and collaboration. Networking with others in your career field allows you to discuss common challenges within your industry and share best practices. Conferences are comprised of workshops or sessions that facilitate learning new skills, concepts and procedures. Conference attendance can also be one way to earn continuing education credits applicable to your industry.
You can find no-cost conferences; however, conferences typically require a registration fee. Depending on the location, you will also have to consider transportation costs and overnight accommodations. Many employers provide a training allowance for professional development if the conference relates to your current position or can help to develop your professional skills.
You can discuss your company’s professional development policies with a member of the human resources department.
For more information on professional development, contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website.