Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Linking your year-end performance review to your volunteer strategy

As we head into the new year, many of us will experience some kind of performance review at work. When presented with the "opportunities for improvement" - what do you do? Obviously, one option is to request formal training, but budgets do not always cover your total need for professional development. This is an ideal opportunity to discuss potential strategic volunteering roles with your manager.

Map the skills you wish to hone to volunteer opportunities in your community. Bring back a plan including your role, how it enhances your development plan, and what (if any) time may need to be invested during work hours. Don't forget to include the added bonus of expanding your network!

Now you've got a plan to gain the skills you need to advance in your career - and you look like a superstar for taking ownership of your professional development.