“$4,500 Is Too Much to Spend on Professional Development”
“4,500 is too much to spend on professional development.” This is the sentiment we sometimes hear from our community members.
In this episode, I share with you a mindset shift that can help you see an investment in your professional development in a new light. If you want to do academia differently, if you want to disrupt the status quo, then receiving support and coaching is necessary. The pressure from institutions to do more and work harder is not sustainable for ongoing career growth, so how do you grow and develop as a scholar while maintaining your sanity and health? By investing in your professional development. Think of this investment not in relation to your salary, but in relation to your university’s budget. Compared to those budgets, $4,500 is a small investment that will drastically increase your total value and impact on the world.
Overcoming Obstacles for Success
The traditional professional development academic institutions provide to professors are one-off programs that preach success in academia that is based on doing more and more work. Institutions are not motivated to embrace workshops that support you as an individual. Despite this traditional messaging ingrained in academia, success in academia is not predicated on being busy. This mindset leads to burnout, unattained goals, and stifled career growth.
Why Professional Development is a Must-Have in Academia
If you want to do academia differently, you need coaching that addresses personal and professional development. Outstanding academics need outstanding support to overcome obstacles, create everlasting change, and build sustainable careers. Experiencing your journey in academia alone is not sustainable. Instead, when you lean on a curated community of support and leverage investment in yourself, you can publish more articles, complete more research, and build a career that aligns with your goals.
$4,500 vs. the Value of Your Career
Your value as a professor exceeds your monthly salary. You impart immeasurable value to students, mentors, departments, and universities. An investment in professional development isn’t comparable to a monthly paycheck or a mortgage payment. When you compare the entire value of your career to $4,500, the professional development program is a drop in the bucket. The lasting knowledge, community support, and growth opportunities carry through your tenure.
“If you want to do academia differently–which is what we’re all about here– a new and different way to do academia: one that doesn’t burn you out, one that gets your voice heard in the world, one that creates a sustainable career, not a career built on overwork and exhaustion. If you want to do academia differently, then professional development is not a ‘nice to have’. It’s not an extra. It’s a must have as you’re trying to create a meaningful sustainable career”.
“I want you to think about that $4500 in relation to your entire salary, and more because the value you bring to the world and to many people around you is so much more than even the sum of all of your paychecks. The value of your career includes all the value that you bring to students by delivering amazing courses, teaching and learning moments, and research opportunities for them”.
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