Responsibility for your professional development lies squarely on your shoulders; but learning and development budgets are being cut and fewer resources are available. No matter your situation — employed or not — use these tips to keep sharp professionally:

Meet with two former co-workers each month. Talk about your industry and where it is headed. This will keep you tapped into the community.

Have one major learning experience each quarter. If your work isn’t giving you the necessary challenges, seek out other opportunities. Volunteer for a non-profit, attend a conference, or take a class.

Give yourself a performance review. Reflect on your growth and performance, whether through a formal process or not. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and what you should focus on in the coming year.

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Take Responsibility for Your Own Professional Development

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