Air Force

October 26, 2012

PD: Money maker

Master Sgt. DUSTIN WITHROW
56th Force Support Squadron

For many, money is a powerful motivator. One tool to get more change in your pocket can be found in a not-so-obvious place — professional development. Before dismissing the idea, just give this a quick read and you’ll see how it doesn’t take a giant leap to get from A to Z.

Professional development is defined as skills and knowledge attained for both personal development and career advancement.
Based on this definition, there are two facets to these learning platforms. For personal development, there is an extraordinary amount of knowledge that can be taken away from these opportunities. As military members, we should be at a constant state of learning and PD provides this continuum of education. As with everything in life, you get whatever you put into it and each member should take full advantage of it.

So as I step down from my soapbox, I’d like to focus on the second piece of PD, which is career advancement.

In both the military and civilian workforce, career advancement is very competitive and leadership is always looking for who stands out in the crowd. Professional development assists with this separation by enhancing individual leadership and management skill sets that enable you to efficiently and effectively complete the mission.

In conjunction with our mission effectiveness, we are also evaluated in other areas to include our developmental growth.
Whether you agree or disagree with “the whole person concept,” it is a supervision measurement tool, and it’s not going away.
PD training aids in filling those squares and highlights you as a superstar while increasing your chances for promotion. More stripes equal more money.

Additionally, the reality is we will all put away our uniforms at some point to take on the civilian workforce and résumé building is essential to securing a post-military job. This development does not begin and end with professional military education and local professional enhancement courses. Remember, one aspect of PD is personal growth and knowledge, and this can found through a variety of approaches ranging from college courses to formal study seminars to leadership conferences. Based on an Education Department study in 2010, the average annual salary for those with a bachelor’s degree is $50,000. There was a sizable drop of $17,000 a year for those who had only a high school diploma or equivalent in which they only made a median salary of $33,000. Numbers don’t lie.

Although I could’ve written pages on the importance of professional development to you and your career, hopefully this perspective put a different spin on the subject. The bottom-line is we all should continue to grow both professionally and personally with PD being a key component. So if you value money, I wouldn’t just wait for PD opportunities to come up. I would be actively hunting them down. You can earn the great combination of knowledge and money at the same time.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Samuel Price

RMO, stakeholders keep eye on sky

Samuel Price The road used to get onto the Barry M. Goldwater Range lies beneath the running water July 9, 2014, that resulted from monsoon rains. With data from the additional recently installed weather stations, personnel wil...
 
 

Resource management — Doing more with less

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem...
 
 

Situational awareness

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing...
 

 

Air Force OSI agents prevent online exploitation of children

QUANTICO, Va. — Child sex crimes are not unique to any particular base but are a perpetual problem across the Air Force and society. Online exploitation of children continues to be a problem and is routinely investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. As part of this effort, AFOSI field units have partnered...
 
 

News Briefs February 27, 2015

MDG appointment line upgrade Patients calling the 56th Medical Group at 623-856-2273 Wednesday afternoon to schedule an appointment may reach a busy signal and may have to call back if all booking agents are on the line with other callers. The queue function allowing patients to wait on hold for the next available booking agent...
 
 

Airmen get T-bolts to give blood, win award

Tech. Sgt. Alisa Frisch, 56th Medical Group unit training manager, and Capt. Sharlott Uriarte, 56th Medical Support Squadron, were among the top 3 percent of award-winning blood drive coordinators recently honored by United Blood Services, earning a Hero Award for providing the largest impact on the blood supply. Of the 1,080 organizations that sponsored blood...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin