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Professional development while teleworking? No problem.

By PA2 Hunter Medley

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If you need to fill up your telework hours, consider taking advantage of this time to focus on your own professional development in ways that will give you skills that benefit both you and the Coast Guard in the future.

You have plenty of free options available through the Coast Guard, include career training, leadership, and personal development.

For instance, have you been interested in getting your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or becoming Lean Six Sigma certified? You can take all your courses for FREE on Skillsoft.

Maybe you’d like to become a “Microsoft Office Champion” before the system upgrade later this year, and be the representative in your office who assists others with the new features and functions of Microsoft Office.

Or if you are transitioning from military to civilian, The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers free courses on resume writing and interviewing. You should check with your supervisor before taking official time to work on these personal skills.

“We have a fantastically skilled and adaptable workforce,” said Mr. Tim Quiram, the acting Deputy Commander for FORCECOM. “Technology gives us unprecedented access. Leveraging that access, and continuing to grow through professional and personal development, is the best way I know to combat the uncertainty we face today.”

Ready to go? First, always check with your supervisor to ensure that you have permission to work on these professional development tasks and that you have completed all of your job-specific tasks before branching out. Check out our infographic for some ideas.

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