We’re constantly learning – from multiple media sources, from the people we relate to, and (hopefully) from our own experience. Being a “student of life” is about nurturing our natural curiosity and the desire to improve ourselves.
Professional development goes hand in hand with personal development. Fortunately, the resources to help us get better at what we do are plentiful. The internet is of course the most used research tool anymore, where wide access to tons of information is readily available – especially when you work in an office! There are some good websites specifically geared to administrative professionals, including Desk Demon, The Effective Admin, and The Administrative Professional Society. In addition, the International Association of Administrative Professionals is dedicated to professional advancement through education and networking, and there are two local chapters right here in Denver, plus one in Boulder and another one in Colorado Springs. Networking is a good way to connect with new people and build relationships which often foster professional development and may even open doors to new employment opportunities. LinkedIn is a great social media site for expanding your professional online network. Joining any of the local LinkedIn groups will give you the chance to participate in discussions and even attend live networking events. Colorado Business Women supports women in the workplace by promoting “involvement in political and legislative issues, community outreach, and personal and professional development”. The local DTC chapter holds monthly lunch meetings featuring speaker presentations and offering networking opportunities.
Striving to be the best you can be at whatever it is you do is always rewarding. It hardly ever goes unnoticed by the people around you, and – more importantly – it just feels really good to know you’re doing a good job and getting better at it every day.
“The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you, if you will take of you for me.” ~ Jim Rohn