As seen in Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine
Do you have a company program geared towards helping young professionals develop their skills? Or maybe you are thinking about starting something up but you don’t know where to begin?
Today’s workforce is looking for more out of their employers than the traditional structure (i.e. they work, you pay) - they want the opportunity to grow and develop on the job, and look to their organizations to provide programs, like mentorships and leadership development, to help get them where they want to go.
At Citrin Cooperman, a firm made up of primarily accountants and business advisors, we launched an emerging professionals program geared towards building networking and business development skills. The program is focused on developing skillsets that are helpful to professional service providers as they advance in their careers. The program consists of a combination of learning opportunities, including: education on firm’s services so participants have a strong grasp of all of the services we offer; support and mentorship as they grow; and, networking opportunities to get them started. If you are interested in starting something similar at your organization, here are some tips on what has made our program successful so far:
It may take some initial time and money to get a new program set up, but developing well-rounded staff will prove to be valuable beyond measure in the long-run. Companies that invest in their employees will see improvements in retention, will attract more quality candidates, and find their employees are more engaged, which in turn contributes to overall company performance.