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Skill building doesn't only happen at work

Every activity you participate in can be an opportunity to build or master skills.  Take a few minutes to evaluate how you are learning new skills and/or perfecting existing ones over the summer months:

  • Volunteering – think about the activities you do when you give your time to volunteer organizations - maybe you share your analytical, creative, technological, or leadership skills.
  • Family time – we sometimes forget that some of the most important skills we use in our jobs are mastered at home - communication, organization, time management, and problem-solving skills could all fall into this category.
  • Professional organizations – when you interact with peers in your industry or others, are you sharing your expertise?  Have you gained skills from these people that will translate into your work experiences?
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Summer Vacation Career Checklist

Heading on a summer vacation and still want to feel productive?  This is a great time to take a few minutes to create a ‘to do' list for your career.  Not only are you more relaxed on vacation, but you're probably able to take time to be reflective.  Here are some ideas to stimulate your thoughts...

  • What administrative tasks do you need to do (i.e., update your resume)?
  • When did you last update your online profiles? If it's been more than 6 months, it's time...
  • Are there new network contacts that you need to connect with online?
  • Do you have new responsibilities at work that you need to start documenting in preparation for your next professional development discussion with management?
  • Are there skills you want to learn (i.e., language, technology)?
  • Who do you need to write a thank you email to (personally and professionally)?
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