Community Manager's Minute: Who's Responsible for your Education?

Posted by Guest Post on December 12, 2013
Managers Minute with Julie Adamen: 60 seconds to being a better community association manager

Continuing the series started last month, Julie Adamen helps you get real about your career growth in parts 3 and 4 of her 12-step program to help you get out of your career funk and focused on your future.

Let's face it. As much as you love your job, you aren't always going to be where you are today. At some point, you are going to want to grow your career. Perhaps growth for you exists in starting your own Management Company. Or maybe you would like to become a consultant.

Step 3: Keep Up!


Julie identifies 3 key areas in which you need to keep up in order to further your career: Technology, Education and the Industry.

  1. describe the imageTechnology
    It's important to stay up to date with software like email and Word. Another important software you really need to be sure you are up on is Excel. (If you don't know it, get thee to an online training course!) 

    Also, if you do not have a smart phone, get one! Smart phones are the single greatest technological addition for community management in recent years!

  2. Education
    You can't afford not to stay current with your education. More on that in a minute! 

  3. The Industry
    It's important that you keep your fingers on the pulse of the community association management industry. Subscribe to blogs like this one, attend industry events, and above all: Network, Network, Network! 


Step 4: Take Responsibility!

Are you taking ownership in your industry education? It is not on your boss to pay for your training, certification, and continuance of existing designations. It is YOUR responsibility to invest in YOURSELF!


What do you think?

What have you done to prepare for your future? Do you have additional tips? Let us know in the comments!


Click here to see a what your community looks like in TOPS [ONE].