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10 Career Development Stories to Keep You From Losing Your Mind This Holiday

Whether you’re stuck in an airport, a car or a relative’s living room, chances are you’re going to need something to keep your mind occupied this holiday season. Not to worry, as we at GovLoop are here to help! 

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do regarding the fruitcake situation, so for that, you will be on your own. But if what you’re looking for is a cornucopia of career development-themed stories from our NextGen Summit blog from the past year, then look no further. 

Join us in celebrating another successful year of learning and personal growth by clicking the links below and revisiting some of our favorite NextGen stories of 2019.

  1. Become Irreplaceable in Your Office

Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Taking this one step further, with the advice offered here, you’ll have the tools to make yourself an essential member of your team.

  1. 3 Challenges Managers Face in Retaining Their Teams

In this recap of an October GovLoop online training, Chief Human Capital Officer of the U.S. Peace Corps Tracy DiMartini discusses one of the largest challenges currently facing public service: retaining top-performing members of their teams. This recap and the full training are a great resource to anyone looking to tackle this challenge in 2020.

  1. Become a Lifelong Learner

If you’re here reading this list, chances are you already appreciate the value of being a lifelong learner. Even still, this is a great list of practical ways you can make learning a central part of your daily life.

  1. Interviews: 5 Ways to Ace Them Before Stepping Through the Door

Interviews are an infamous inevitability for both those looking to advance their careers and those just beginning theirs. Thankfully, they do not have to be the source of dread that they are made out to be. By following these tips, you’ll soon find yourself walking into and out of interviews feeling confident and capable.

  1. 5 Tips to Pump Up Your Productivity

Sometimes it takes more than coffee to get your work done. While there is no magic fix to transform yourself into a productivity machine, these tips are the next best thing and detail small changes you can make that will have a big impact on your performance over time.

  1. Icebreakers: How to Use Them and 6 You Can Try

Few things are more frustrating than leading a meeting where no one is engaged. Thankfully, we have you covered with this list of six icebreakers and how to most effectively use them in order to get your teams comfortable and ready to contribute.

  1. Writing is the Key to Career Success

If you’re going to have to do something every day, you should probably try to do it well. It’s likely that writing plays some part in your career, even if it isn’t the main focus. Whether you’re looking to improve your formal or informal writing, these tips will help take you to the next level.

  1. 4 Tips for Enhancing Peer Feedback

Feeling comfortable while giving feedback can be difficult, especially when it’s directed at one of our peers. Despite this, lateral communication is mission-critical in most workplaces. These tips will have you on your way to being a master of peer-to-peer communication.

  1. How to Set Goals You’ll Actually Meet

One of the keys to accomplishing our goals is learning to set them with reasonable expectations. While this is easier said than done, these tips will have you on the right track, and meeting your milestones with flying colors. 

  1. Becoming a Better Person

Already looking forward to the summer? It’s never too early to start planning ahead, especially when it means planning to be the best version of ourselves possible. While these tips focus on making your own “summer resolutions”, the ideas underlying them are valuable at any time of year.


For more content, career resources and training, be sure to check out our NextGen Summit in 2020. GovLoop, Young Government Leaders and hundreds of public servants will come together on Wednesday, July 22-23, 2020, at the Marriott Marquis Downtown DC Hotel for two days of training and leadership opportunities, innovating and networking. Will we see you there? 

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