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Peer Career Coaching: Investing in Your Professional Development

Peer Career Coaching: Investing in Your Professional Development

How many of you have actually taken the time to create a strategy for your own professional development? Have you considered what you would like to achieve professionally over the next year or the next five? So many of us discuss the need to professionalize volunteer management so that our organizations will value volunteers and the work we do, leading to greater investment in volunteerism and viewing us as internal experts. But for that to occur it must start with each of us. 

According to Sheri Wilensky Burke and Gerald (Jerry) Pannozzo, it's important for each individual to invest in professional development. There are many strategies out there to accomplish this: subscriptions to publications such as this one; memberships in professional associations, attending conferences and workshops; mentoring; and the strategy Burke and Pannozzo describe as peer career coaching. In this feature article, read how these long-time colleagues used peer career coaching to collaborate on a mutual support plan to increase their professional skills and opportunities. After reading, perhaps you can, too. 

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Mon, 04/23/2012
Thanks Sheri and Jerry for reminding us of the importance of developing strong professional relationships. Peer career coaching is a smart idea, and a courageous one. Instead of allowing oneself to use all the shoulda, woulda, coulda excuses- using a relationship with a trusted colleague to keep oneself on track and directed. It makes sense.

Wed, 05/02/2012
What a great article. Thanks Sheri and Jerry for the reminder that relationships don't always have to be mentor/mentee. A peer coach is most likely exactly what those of us in the field for a while need to keep fresh and focused. I already know who I might ask! Blessings!

Fri, 06/15/2012
Thanks, Sheri and Jerry for a demonstrating another innovative way to grow professionally in the field of volunteerism! Thanks for putting your experience in writing, and sharing it with the rest of us.