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Networking and bookshelves

If you’re anything like me, you have a bookshelf at home filled with your personal favorites. Poetry, cooking, fantasy, history, health, science fiction, the list goes on for miles—we all have books that we love and refer back to time and time again. 

If you truly are like me, the mention of professional networking incites feelings of discomfort similar to how you feel when you forget your wallet at the grocery store. Reaching out to a stranger and setting up a meeting just to talk? No way.

I thought the same thing until I started my journey of professional development and took that first step out of my comfort zone. When I started a year ago as an intern at the Oregon Department of Education, I was introduced to an endless wealth of networking opportunities within state government. Soon after I began meeting with people, I realized I had set foot into the most interesting library I could imagine. Just like I choose books to read based on my curiosity about certain topics, I began researching different industries, jobs, and skills that I was interested in, and found that there is a wealth of information available from professionals in every field! Continue reading Networking and Bookshelves.

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Who do you consider to be a role model or inspiration? Most likely, at least one person immediately comes to mind as you reflect on who has influence in your life. Whether it is a family member, friend, teacher, author, political leader, co-worker, or even someone who you are mentoring or coaching, we all have people in our lives that encourage and inspire us to put forth our best effort.

It is easy to assume that the source of this inspiration is vastly different depending on the relationship, but there is one thing that all of these people have in common: leadership qualities. Continue reading The Leadership Lifestyle.

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So it’s time to start looking for your next career opportunity. Maybe it’s an internal promotion or maybe you’re switching careers entirely. Before you take the plunge and start applying for jobs it’s important to understand one simple question: what is my value? This is harder to answer than anyone is going to admit. Taking the time to identify your value means an introspective look at what you bring to your current organization, plus what you honestly believe your future potential is. The key word here is honest. Continue reading Identifying Our Value...

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