President’s Blog: Putting Your Career Front and Center

J.McCradyBy Julie A. McCrady, SF IABC President

Let’s face it. Careers today can get complicated. Sudden layoffs, a decision to follow your interests and move from one industry segment to another, returning to the workforce after caring for children or parents, the onset of health issues or a desire to strike out on your own are but a few of the factors that can complicate your career planning efforts no matter your career stage.

The good news is that IABC and IABC San Francisco, in particular, have a number of resources to help you as you try to sort it all out.

First, IABC San Francisco frequently presents events devoted to the career development needs of communicators. This year is no different. Experienced communicators from Cisco, High Tech Connect and Wells Fargo will join us on Thursday, February 11, as we take a look at managing our careers in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) economy. It’s sure to be a lively and insightful discussion not to be missed no matter what stage you’re at or heading to in your own career.

Another resource we are proud to provide is the IABC San Francisco Mentoring Program, a unique career development opportunity offered exclusively to members. The program pairs communication professionals at all career stages with communicators who have specific areas of experience or expertise to share.

But it’s not just a one-way benefit. Mentors who have participated in the program in the past have found it rewarding to have the opportunity to give back to the communications community and, in the words of one former mentor, have the “ability to ‘self-check’ my own career path against the backdrop of someone else’s challenges.”

And, of course, we offer networking opportunities throughout the year that allow professional communicators to connect with others who share similar concerns and the chance to hear from communicators who, having found answers for themselves, can inspire and inform.

We hope you will make the most of these and other resources available to IABC members to grow your career.

IABC San Francisco Board News

I am pleased to announce that John Kunowski was recently appointed to the IABC San Francisco board in the role of VP of Finance and Operations. John will take over duties from Rikke Jorgensen, who generously extended her two-year term to two-plus years in order for us to identify a new volunteer to step into this important board role.

John is currently Senior Director, Communications Consultant, at Fidelity Investments, where he has worked since 1992. First joining IABC in 1982, John has been a member of the WestFair, Boston and SF chapters. John served on the Boston IABC board in the roles of Treasurer and President. Please join me in welcoming John into this new role.

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