How are you investing in yourself?

As a learning and development/coaching professional, I’m all about helping others develop themselves or their organizations. But, I don’t often enough invest in my own development. It’s like the cobbler’s children with no shoes and a very common phenomenon in the learning and development world. And, most likely, true for most people in general.

When was the last time you took a course or a certification program to develop your own skills? For many, it could even be as long ago as college. This week, I embarked on a new journey to hone my skills even further by enrolling in a coaching certification program. Yes, I already have a masters degree in organizational development. Yes, I’m already certified as an action learning coach. And yes, I’ve taken coaching certificate courses. But, you see, I believe in constantly honing my craft, staying current on what’s new in my field. It’s the only way to stay competitive. That, and do a good job.

So, what have you done for yourself lately?  How long has it been since you took a course in your chosen field? Or is there a new field that you’d like to explore? Well, look at your local college, professional organization or community to see what’s out there. Expand your mind, get current or learn something new. It’s important for your career, but it’s also important for you as an individual. It feels good to learn and grow and know you’re doing something for yourself.

As I continue in my program over the next 4 months, I’ll have to spend hours reading, practicing, thinking. But in the end, I’ll have learned, grown, and have a new credential. As my mentor always said, “Never take a course that isn’t for credit and never do anything that doesn’t build your resume.”


About Andrea Cole

Four years ago, I followed my dreams and my heart by quitting my job, selling my home, and moving myself back to Seattle from Washington, DC. I didn't know how things would turn out, but I knew whatever life held in store for me, it was going to be in Seattle. And what a ride it has been! I now help others live their lives through rewarding career and meaningful retirement coaching. My website is
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