If you’re in college or are a recent graduate, I bet that you’ve likely heard of professional development or P.D. at least once or twice. In just about any career, it’s important to attend professional development workshops because they have so much to offer you and can be so benefit in your professional life for years to come.
As an education major, where funding for P.D. can be very minimal or nonexistent, I jump at the chance to attend a workshop that I think will help me. I recently attended a professional development workshop that I really loved. Not only did I gain a lot of information about the designated topic, which this one was about Blended Learning, but it really opened my eyes to how important professional development really is.
Today I want to share a few reasons why professional development workshops should be important to you.
1. They offer valuable information
Each professional development workshop is typically about 1 specific topic. That topic might become very beneficial to you as you work your way into your desired career. The knowledge you get from the workshop may make you more marketable as you’re applying for jobs, and might allow you to do your job better or more efficient than others, whom don’t have that same information. The awareness you get might make it easier for you to be promoted and move up within a company within your given field. The understanding you receive may even allow you to be able to work smarter instead of harder.
Obviously, the information you gain from professional development workshops is valuable. It’s so valuable, that it alone would make attending professional development workshops worth it.
2. They offer valuable time with potential employers
Professional development workshops are typically done by a specific company or an association looking to potentially hire people going into that specific field. For example, the workshop I attended was done by a public school system that is about a half hour from my university.
These workshops give you access to network with potential employers and even gain inside information others might not have access to. In the workshop I attended, I was able to speak to the assistant superintendent multiple times and ask questions. In addition, she gave me the phone number and email of the department chairperson for the exact department I’m going to be going into.
3. They offer valuable time with potential colleagues
These professional development workshops are obviously going to be attended by other people who are looking to go into the same field as you. So these workshops are also a great opportunity to network with your peers.
In sociology, you learn that weak ties to people, meaning acquaintances, are more beneficial than strong ties to people, meaning family members, when it comes to employment.
Professional development workshops are a good place to make acquaintances that will be in the same professional world as you.
4. They offer inspiration and empowerment in your given field
Being around people in your field and talking about ideas and strategies that will make you more successful in that field can be really inspiring. There’s something about being around like minded people that is good for inspiration and motivation.
When I left the workshop I attended, I was super inspired by it, and spent the next few days thinking about how I could incorporate aspects of blended learning into my future special education classroom.
5. They might offer freebies or free food
This is obviously not one of the main reasons to attend a professional development workshop, but I do feel like it’s a nice extra incentive.
The workshop I attended had an amazing spread of fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers, cookies, and drinks that we were welcome to eat throughout the entire workshop. In addition, at the end of the workshop they gave us some neat freebies with the school system’s name on them.
Again, you shouldn’t attend a professional development workshop just because there might be food or free stuff. However, food and free stuff is always an incentive as a young adult, am I right?
I truly hope that this has truly showed you how important professional development workshops are. They offer valuable information, networking opportunities with potential employers and colleagues, inspiration, and even the possibility of free goodies or food.
Please take this and remember it any time you get the chance to attend a professional development workshop and take that chance!
Faith is one of the social media editors and content writer for Tribe Twenty One. She’s a sophomore University of North Carolina at Charolette,majoring in Special Education and minoring in Sociology. She is a sister of Sigma Alpha Omega, and has a true passion for helping other girls in college and connecting on social media.