One of the best things that you can do for yourself and your career is to invest in your professional development. Please do not wait for your employer to do this for you because they are constrained by budgets and it will invariably come with a requirement to stay with the company X number of weeks/months/years after the training. Every dollar you invest in professional development will come back to you in the form of augmented paychecks, on-the-job performance or options for greater mobility. Check with your local colleges, universities, technical schools and professional organizations regarding formal schooling, informal classes or meetings, degrees, and certifications.
Another great thing you can do for your career is to join a professional association. Professional associations often offer meetings, education and networking opportunities. Take advantage of every benefit offered through membership. Put your best foot forward when you attend the social functions and socialize – you’re there to potentially meet your next boss or next employee. Where possible, volunteer – this will put you in a position to demonstrate your abilities to your peers. The next time you’re looking for a job, you’ll be one step ahead of the competition.