Professional Development – We Can Help!

We’re less than a month away from 2018. Are you where you want to be in your career? Do you have a plan for moving forward? As communication professionals, we know that strategy is essential to success. But like the shoemaker’s barefoot children, we also tend to put our own needs last. Not to worry, we have a few suggestions that won’t take much time.

1. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss any of our 2nd Friday meetings. In January, we’ll kick the year off with a special career planning strategy workshop. There, we’ll explore “Top Trends Driving Change in Communication” that you need to know about as you plot your professional path. Whether you’re building a consulting business or climbing the corporate ladder, we’ll discuss what changes are occurring, what skills and abilities those changes demand, and what you’ll need to think about to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

We’ll continue our career-building theme in February with “Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset.” You’ll learn to apply the principles of entrepreneurial success — innovation, continuous improvement, collaboration and doing work you love — to your professional development.

And that’s just the start of our season!

2. Talk to us. Especially the board, but other members too. I’ve personally made connections for lots of members that I know led to work. Some introductions led to employment opportunities, other to client work. If we know what you’re looking for, we’re happy to help.

3. Make a point of meeting new people at all of our InterCom events. Whether it is our 2nd-Friday series or our three annual evening gatherings, networking is baked into everything we do. Why? As Carl Jung said, “Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see it.” In other words, that person you don’t know may be looking for someone with your exact skillset. Or they may know someone who is. But only if you’re open to meeting them and having the conversation.

4. Get involved with InterCom in a deeper way. Whether you’re looking for stronger career ties or you want to build skills, InterCom is a great way to give back while helping your own career along. We’re always looking for talented volunteers to help with events, event planning, and even board service.