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Make It Happen Tipsheet
Career Success and Life Balance

A Choice Education

Professional success is often a function of your training and experience.  Yet too often, we delegate the responsibility for training to our employers, and sometimes even then we neglect it for years.  Updating your education can improve your performance, bring a new perspective to your team, and make you more valuable than your peers.

Education can be in the form of a seminar, a college or university course, or a new professional certification.  Doing this gives you knowledge, while your classmates give you a new network.  If you are unable to find the appropriate course, you can upgrade your knowledge through a structured commitment to reading the latest business books, trade magazines, or blogs in your area of expertise.   And of course, reading the business press each day.  Invest in yourself, and you will improve your performance - and improve your value to your employer.

In a tough economy, this is doubly important. If you are let go, your updated training goes with you:  it still adds to your value, and it differentiates you from other candidates. If you are an entrepreneur, this training might be the one thing that helps you survive the lean times.

This week's action item: While it is tempting to choose your own education, don't do this. Instead, ask your clients or your manager for their opinions. What type of training would they see as most valuable? When they let you know, sign up for it within the week, and then let them know what you've done. Professional success is a function of training and experience - but only when others recognize the value of it.


Randall Craig is an expert on Career Planning, Work-Life Balance, and Networking; to find out how his workshops, webinars, and keynotes can help your team or add to your event, contact him through www.PersonalBalanceSheet.com, or by email at editor@ptadvisors.com.

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Copyright © 2009 Knowledge to Action Press and Randall Craig. All rights reserved.
Publication Date: March 24, 2009

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