Continuous learning is important in any field, but especially so in the career industry. We are the folks who need to “walk the talk” about growing professionally by developing ourselves too.
Gaining certifications adds to your knowledge base and your credibility as an expert. It also keeps you current and cutting edge. With today’s technology explosion, it is more important than ever to know how social media sites can affect your clients but even the foundational certification areas can be useful (such as coaching, résumé writing, etc.).
Finding certification programs can be overwhelming right from the start. Besides the fact that so many certifications exist in the broad area of career management (such as career coaching, employee development, and branding) and job search assistance (such as interviewing, résumé writing and using social media), there are also a variety of training providers of varied size and reputation.
I’m happy to start the conversation but this topic is bigger than one can fit in a blog post, so here are some ways to learn more about career certifications:
- Attend this webinar, Certifications and Credentials in Career Development: What Counselors, Coaches and Workforce Professionals Need to Know to Get Ahead on Wednesday, November 4th from 12:00-1:15pm offered by CEUonetop.com. To learn more about all of their upcoming webinars, go to: https://ceuonestop.com/wp/home/webinars/. To register for this workshop, go to: https://ceuonestop.com/wp/product-category/live-webinar-registration/.
- Attend the 45th Annual Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association conference on December 2-4, 2015 (learn more here) and visit my breakout session, Making Change Happen by Growing Yourself Professionally on Thursday, December 3rd from 3:15-4:15pm.
- To learn more about the ins and outs of earning certifications in our industry, please visit this article on the site of the National Career Development Association (NCDA): Grow Professionally by Earning Career Certifications by Paula Brand originally appeared in NCDA’s web magazine, Career Convergence at www.ncda.org. Copyright ©March 2015.
- Check out The Essential Guide to Career Certifications at www.paulabrand.com/the-guide.