By: Gabby Fisher, ACE Digital Media Manager & Entrepreneur, in conjunction with Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) Career Launchpad.
We freelancers are versatile, hardworking and known for their ability to adapt to dynamic work environments and demands. To remain marketable and relevant in their fields, we prioritize professional development and and constantly engage in training and courses geared toward building modern skills. Over the past six months, more than 50% of freelancers have participated in skill-related education or training.
As mentioned in last week’s article, I’ve heard firsthand from many local freelancer’s and entrepreneur’s who have been using this period of uncertainty to “train up” and sharpen their professional tools. Kirsten Voege, Marketing & Communications Consultant and Owner of KiRated Communications, is one of those individuals.
Last week, Kirsten held her own Professional Development Day, where she blocked out her schedule – no calls or meetings – allowing her to hyper-focus on searching for online trainings and courses, setting goals, and looking for other new types of learning opportunities. She usually has two webinar trainings on her calendar each week.
I asked her why it’s so important for her to invest in professional development and she said “As actress Helen Hayes said, “if you rest, you rust,” I’m always trying to learn something new. I’m constantly finding new trainings/courses on LinkedIn, through podcasts, Eventbrite and in digital newsletters. It seems like many of the newsletters end up in my spam folder, so when I run out of new ideas, I check there too.”
Freelancers spend a lot of time searching for worthwhile professional development opportunities…programs, courses, and experts that they trust.
We know a better way. Hudson Valley Community College’s (HVCC) Career Launchpad has fast-track options to provide you the education necessary to enhance skills or develop new ones. Their training sectors include the following:
Get in touch with HVCC today. Opportunities for tuition funding may be available. Yes, 50% of freelancers have engaged in some training over the past six months, but that number should be higher. Invest in yourself. Invest in your career. Invest in marketplace stability. Get started in less than a minute by filling out the form of the bottom of the website page. Let’s launch!
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