Professional Development Planning

Successful professional development requires a well thought out and executed plan. Much like a “work of art in progress,” professional development planning is not something you do once and forget about. Rather, it’s a comprehensive plan which continually evolves and changes over time. Accomplishments are regularly replaced with new career goals and objectives (both short and long term) and professional development encompasses many of the other elements discussed on this page.

At Professional Development Strategies, we integrate vision, long term planning and career objectives into the equation to assist clients with the development of effective, comprehensive and realistic professional development strategies which achieve results and naturally progress over time.

The Top Ten Steps To Ensure Success When Transitioning To The Private Sector

I’ve spent my entire career working exclusively in the private sector. Throughout that time, I’ve interacted with thousands of federal agents, detectives and police officers from around the globe. Routinely, I talk to many people in law enforcement who are planning on retiring and express interest … [Read more...]

The New Business World – Reinventing Yourself Professionally is Key

A colleague of mine from grad school refers to the current employment market as "the new business world." He's definitely on to something as it's absolutely not business as usual out there for most employers or their hiring practices. Long gone are the days when candidates secured five or six … [Read more...]

Burning Professional Bridges – Doesn’t matter or Don’t do it?

We’ve all heard the expression “don’t burn professional bridges.” Professional Development Strategies personally agrees that burning professional bridges is a bad idea but to our surprise apparently not everyone thinks it’s as true as it used to be. A while ago, I was looking at a discussion about … [Read more...]

30-60-90 Day Professional Development Planning: Your Approach to Career Success

The other day a professional associate and I were talking about career change and I suggested putting together a 30-60-90 day professional growth plan. I was asked to do this as part of a management assignment during grad school and it was a great exercise. While the initial assignment was to put … [Read more...]