Prioritizing professional development

At Vanguard, we place a large emphasis on the importance of professional development. Why? We want to ensure our crew and leaders feel empowered to learn and build expertise that will not only contribute to their personal growth, but to the growth of others as well. Although the majority of our crew find themselves working at home these days, many have continued to make time for their personal development. When we asked what they were focusing on and the resources they were exploring, here is what they had to say:

Ashley C.

LinkedIn Learning has been very helpful! The program offers plenty of tutorials where you can either learn something new or expand your existing skillset and become an expert on a topic of your choosing. Further, I have found myself reading several professional development books now that I have fewer distractions to keep me occupied.

Tracy C.

I too am taking advantage of LinkedIn Learning. I just started a Programming Online Foundations course. As an Information Technology (IT) recruiter, I know this will help me in further enhancing my business acumen.

Cheena S.

I signed up for two courses online: Negotiation Strategies and The Science of Well-Being. Both are free and have been offered by top universities. I will be emerging from these unique times in a zen state with better negotiation skills!

Kim D.

An internal tool Vanguard offers that I have been enjoying is the FYI (For Your Improvement) Skills Suite. This resource has allowed me to take a deeper look at the competencies aligned to my role and suggests trainings for the areas in which I’d like to focus my development.

Jo S.

I am really enjoying podcasts at the moment. Some favorites include: Lewis Howes – The School of Greatness and The Learning Leader. For wellness, I’ve been tuning into Dr. Rangan Chartterjee – Feel Better, Live More.

It’s easy to stay heads down in work all day, every day. We’re all guilty of it, especially in this new environment where we no longer find ourselves in collaborative spaces with colleagues, networking with folks over lunch or maybe even heading to a conference off-site. Just make sure you make time for you and your professional development. It can go a long way.

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