Events: Women in Tech Summit
Sep 30, 2016
What have you done for your career today?
I, personally, am a professional development-aholic.
It started in high school, when I was fortunate enough to attend several leadership academies in Winston-Salem during my stint as student body president. That sparked my fascination with networking sessions, personality assessments and learning about work.
According to Gallup, 87% of millennials say development is important in a job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates millennials became the largest generation in the workforce last year, making it more important now than ever for employers to invest in their employees and for professionals to invest in themselves.
“The world is such a busy place that you stay focused on the doing and forget to step back and think about how you want to learn and grow,” said HR Manager Jenny Milnor. “However, the relationship between the employee and the organization has to be 50/50. The employer is not going to lay out a path for everyone. You are accountable for your own destiny.”
Through strategically plotting my career goals and enhancing my skills with opportunities beyond my daily work environment, I find it enhances my leadership skills with clients and creatives, as well as my ability to effectively mentor to junior staffers.
“Professional development and mentorship during the early years of my career not only strengthen my work skills, but also help drive my passion to put my best foot forward,” said Assistant Project Manager Penny Phounsavath. “I’m a firm believer that learning never stops.”
Penny and I are attending the Women in Tech Summit this weekend in Research Triangle Park, where we will immerse ourselves in industry-specific break-out sessions with other female professionals. The action-packed agenda includes enticing seminars like Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Storytelling Through Design. With our deep bench of technology-focused clients, I am looking forward to gaining insights that will directly impact the projects I manage.
And that doesn’t just make me a better Centerliner – it makes me a better Megan.