Professional Development

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Professional Development

I am a firm believer in the notion that one has to continually be trying to improve themselves either through learning new skills, practicing old skills, or just immersing themselves in new things and new ideas. Below is a selection of some of my favorite resources surrounding personal and professional development including a whole sub-section (coming soon!) of articles, books, tools, videos, websites and more that I’m constantly recommending to others and referring to in my work:

Lifehacker U –  I highly recommend perusing Lifehacker on a regular basis (I often send people there when they are looking for little hacks to make things better), but Lifehacker U is where they regularly curate free educational resources because “Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it.”

Your Field Or Industry’s Professional Association – Almost every type of job or industry has a professional association and they are often your best resources for finding educational materials or to hear about trends that could affect your job and help guide you to what you need to know. Many even offer certifications, like the Project Management Institute’s PMP Certification, so open up Google and do a search for “<insert your industry or job’s name here> professional association” and see what you find!
 
Your Job Is An RPG [PDF] – This is a pdf of an article I was commissioned to write for GameCareerGuide that covers all the major parts of getting a job, keeping your job, and advancing in your career. Although tailored for video game developers most of the core concepts and advice are suitable for folks in any industry.
 

Don’t Forget! Creating and maintaining your personal brand, networking, mentoring, and volunteering will help ensure you’re continuing to develop your personal and professional self – all keys to a successful job search – so please check out the other areas of the career resources section on this site for more tools, tips, and tricks!