Job Upgrade Strategies for Employment Professionals

ladderRecent advice from about career advancement strategies in a small organization with little room for promotion resonated for me.  We think about job upgrades for clients every day, but what about us?

In the relatively small refugee resettlement network where we all work with limited resources, it’s often hard to advance without having to consider leaving the work you’re passionate about, the agencies you know make a difference and the communities where you have strong connections.

When I reflect on successful career paths I see in our network, they all have changing employers and/or geographic locations in common. That can also mean overseas experience, working with refugees in camps, urban environments or resettlement processing centers.

How can you build skills to achieve career advancement for yourself, until you’re ready to make a big move?

Build your Educational Credentials

For example, hrbartender says “look for opportunities to learn something new. Your community partners can help you with that.  Here are two examples:

  1.  Human service agencies often required Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for social workers to maintain their professional credentials. Consider how to access courses offered through the agencies you already collaborate with for client referrals.  Ask your social worker colleagues about training resources made available to members of the National Association of Social Work (NASW).
  2. HR professionals are all about training and you have lots of those in your job development contacts, right? Ask them for advice. Or, find contact information for the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Read hrbartender’s post for more smart suggestions for continuing to grow professionally without switching jobs (or while building your skills for the next career move).

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