Professional Development Tips for Alumni

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Never Stop Learning

“Lifelong learner” is a popularized term, but it is the correct approach to your career. Understanding your strengths and how to apply them, as well as knowing where you can improve is vital to career growth.

Regardless of where you are in your career journey, it is never too late to learn new skills or update existing ones. The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association is here to help. Below are some tips and tricks to get the most out of professional development courses.

Professional development comes in all shapes and sizes. Start by reading articles in your industry or finding articles on how to improve your soft skills at work.

Periodically, perform a career evaluation of your career plan. If you don’t have a plan, create one. Think about what you want to accomplish, then detail the steps, skills and jobs you would need to have to get there. Click here for a guide, courtesy of UC Davis.

Know Yourself

Career management begins with exploring who you are, what you want, where you want to go and knowing how you can get there. As the foundation of career management, self-assessment encourages you to identify and explore your values, personality, interests and skills. The more insight gained from self-assessment, the more informed and focused your career decisions will be.

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