How to Drive Professional Development Among Your Associates

Posted by Janis Mae Narvas

Dec 19, 2019 3:45:00 PM

As the year draws to a close, you may have already taken stock of the trajectory of your career. If you want to achieve greater heights – and encourage your associates to do the same – there are several ways to do it. Learn how you can grow in your career with the right mindset and challenges such as the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Certification.

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Here are some ways you can drive professional development in your team. 

Develop the Right Mindset

Seeking professional development for you and your associates can be a challenging task, especially if you have no clear-cut vision on what professional success looks like for you. You can be adding new skills to your repertoire or earning credits, but you might still feel lost and directionless.

The same goes for your team: while you can employ employee engagement strategies to boost your team’s morale and push them to pursue growth in their careers, they may still feel unsatisfied with the state they’re in. 

More than promotions and accumulating accolades and skills, professional development should emphasize personal growth – that is, the focus should be put on learning and development initiatives both inside and outside the office that make you a more effective contributor and a more technically capable professional. 

This starts from a sincere desire, an impetus, that begins from the individual. It requires an honest assessment of one’s self, and acknowledging that you are still in the process of learning and improving, regardless of your tenure.

 

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With the ubiquity of learning apps and tools, you don’t have to look far to find the best free accounting courses. There are many free business and accounting courses online on various learning platforms, such as LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), EdX, Coursera, and Udemy

With the increasing popularity of massive open online courses (or MOOC), you can now gain access to world-class short courses from top universities and institutions such as MIT, Harvard, or Microsoft for a fee, or in some cases, for free.

 

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Aside from technical MOOCs, there are books, podcasts, and other resources that can give you a huge advantage in today’s workplace. You and your associates can start a reading club so you can read books on topics you’d like to improve on, whether it’s a technical subject, an emerging technology, or personal leadership. 

You can also look to your supervisors and managers for mentorship. Promote a culture that encourages knowledge-sharing and coaching, and you and your associates will be more comfortable in seeking out learning opportunities. You can also seek out industry leaders and other people that you respect within your field for guidance and advice. 

 

Get a QuickBooks ProAdvisor Certification

Another way to drive professional development is to look for certifications that can expand your current skill set as an accounting professional. You can start with getting certified as a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, considering the popularity of this accounting software. 

Becoming a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor has many benefits, one of which is getting listed in the Find-a-ProAdvisor directory, where you can find leads for your accounting practice. You can also get discounts on QuickBooks products and services, as well as dedicated support.  (Read more about the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Certification.)

 

Find Your Tribe

If you’re looking for a finance and accounting firm where you can thrive and grow in your profession, consider D&V Philippines. Read our primer Employees to Partners to discover how we invest in the personal and professional development of our team members.

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