What steps have you taken this year to encourage your professional development?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to see that you have taken your career path into your own hands, becoming responsible for your personal and professional development. There are many ways to take professional development steps.
These steps include:
-Reading books and articles from influencers in your industry
-Taking coursework to gain new skills
-Attending industry conferences to network and learn
-Listening to podcasts, and more
Show the interviewer that you are active in your professional growth by walking them through the steps you have actively taken this year.
"At the beginning of each year I make a plan for what I would like to accomplish in my personal and professional life. This year, my plan included attending two industry conferences. I also decided to expand my network locally by attending more business commerce meetings, and through the use of my LinkedIn profile. I also enrolled in a course on leadership in the hopes of learning new ways of leading and boosting productivity."
"This year, I have been asking for more responsibilities at work while also taking on more tasks without being asked. I committed to attempt perfect attendance at work this year, and have been reading more in my personal time. I have a list of the top 25 leadership books and plan to get through it before the end of the year. So far, I have completed the first eight books and have noticed a boost in my professional performance, already!"
7 Community Answers
"I enrolled in a Career Pathways program."
Very good! Try discussing why you enrolled, and what you plan to gain from this experience. If you have already started the program, then you can discuss a takeaway that you have already gained.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (2)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"I am continuously looking for ways to improve and to stand out. I have a natural passion for the healthcare industry and I am fascinated by medical technology, and so I enjoy listening to medical podcasts, TED talks and I have enrolled in Linked In training courses to further improve my skills. Such as leadership and CRM courses. I also make it a point to volunteer to assist in a variety of projects that give me the opportunity to learn something new."
This is a very well-rounded response--good for you for continuing to develop yourself! If you have taken any specific LinkedIn certification courses, you may wish to state those more explicitly.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"When I decided to transition my career into medicine I knew that I would have to start with a much more junior role than I was used to due to my lack of experience. I went back to school, started with a job as a trauma surgeon making less money, kept my eyes open for better opportunities with more room to grow, and have diligently been reviewing job boards for positions that can utilize my current skill set and help me grow my career in medicine."
Awesome! It sounds like you have taken many different steps recently to grow professionally. The interviewer will undoubtedly be impressed by this. Great job!Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"I listen to speakers and podcasts. I read books to grow and learn."
This is a great start. Try offering up details on the speakers and podcasts you listen to the most. When it comes to books, which are your favorite?Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (1)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"To take on more responsibility and leadership duties. This will allow me to look at situations from a management mindset and help me in my PDP."
These are great goals to have and very achievable. Are there any specific duties within leadership that you would like to take on in your next role?Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"I made my manager aware that I would like some more responsibility because I don't want to feel like I'm plateauing. I was then given a new project and territory, with responsibilities very similar to TMs. I requested to attend TM sales training as a trainer."
What is a TM? Make sure not to use too many acronyms so you don't confuse the interviewer who might not be familiar with all of them. That's great that you asked for more responsibility and then were rewarded with that and additional training. This shows your initiative. It also indicates that you are motivated and proactive. Excellent!Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"I have enjoyed being a territory manager in the 15 years that I have been in sales. However, I strive to be the best at what I do. I find it key to learn from the best; my senior colleagues, education on the internet in courses on selling, and the mindset, taking advantage of courses available to us over our company hub, coursework on understanding our customer's environment. I found this to be extremely developmental in my career this year."
Great! Describing both informal and formal learning is a great approach. You may want to reference something that you learned recently and use the topic as a way to turn the interview into a conversation. Are there new developments in your industry that would be of interest to the interviewer?Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!