I’m a huge fan of Twitter. No matter your passion, you’ll likely find a like-minded community there full of influential and insightful people. This is no less true for the young nonprofit leaders’ community, where Rosetta Thurman (YNPNdc member) and Allison Jones (YNPN-NYC member) host a monthly conversation called #YNPchat. During this hour-long chat, young nonprofit professionals from all over respond to five questions on a set topic, and take this opportunity to engage with and learn from each other.
YNPN Twin Cities was fortunate enough to co-host this month’s #YNPchat with Allison, where we asked five questions about professional development:
- In the current stage of your career, what are your goals around professional development?
- How important is an advanced degree to achieving your career goals?
- How much responsibility should nonprofit employers take for employee’s professional development?
- What are the most cost effective ways to access professional development opportunities?
- What are some valuable professional development opportunities you have participated in?
As usual with these chats, the participants’ answers gave me a lot to think about, ranging from great tips on ways to find professional development opportunities to an interesting difference of perspectives on the question of advanced degrees.
I highly recommend reading Allison’s recap of the chat, which is a nice summary of what was discussed. After you do, here are three more ways you can help yourself and our community:
- How would you answer the above questions? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to keep this conversation going. As YNPN-TC plans for future events centered on professional development, the answers to these questions is one thing we’re sure to refer back to.
- If you’re not on Twitter yet, give it a try! Follow YNPN Twin Cities, Allison, Rosetta, and some of the other young nonprofit leaders on Twitter, and just see the amount of knowledge, tips, resources, and support you’ll receive.
- And finally, jump right into the conversation yourself. Join your nonprofit peers at the next #YNPchat (first Wednesday of every month) on Twitter, and any other day you have a thought to share. Like any other network, the more you give, the more you get back in return.