You worked hard to get to where you are in your career, but your work isn’t quite done yet. Professional development is extremely important whether you plan to move up the ladder or not. After all, times and technology change and a lack of investment in professional development could make your current position obsolete. If you’re not sure where to start, we hope the ideas below will be helpful.

Read Often

This advice can apply to people in any occupation since reading widely and often increases your intelligence and depth of knowledge. While it’s always a good idea to read trade publications in your own industry, be sure to expand to other topics as well. Any knowledge you possess can only help your career and benefit those who look to you for business advice.

Be Open to Formal Educational Opportunities

While not every training program you hear of will benefit you, keep an open mind and pursue as many opportunities as possible. This can be everything from a one-day seminar to earning an advanced college degree. A commitment to learning always pays off, even if the topics do not relate to your business directly.

Seek a Mentor Relationship

Regardless of what level you have reached in your career, someone out there has been at it longer than you have. This person may even be retired after a long and successful career and welcome the opportunity to mentor a younger professional. To find a mentor, ask people in your networking or social circle if they know someone who might be willing to take on this role. Organizations such as Serviced Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) can be a useful resource as well.

The above are just three steps to consider to attain professional development. A consultant from Rotay Financial would be happy to meet with you to help you create your own plan.