The ATD Young Professionals group is intended to help you find information that is relevant to your needs as a young professional, as well as to connect you with today’s thought leaders. We want this space for practitioners to be supported by fellow practitioners. As such, there are several ways you can contribute.
Content Contributor Opportunities
Do you have expertise in a particular aspect of talent development that relates to today's young professionals? If so, we may be able to share your story with fellow practitioners.
Proposals for content may be submitted here.
The purpose of the ATD Young Professionals segment is for professionals to share information about how workplace theories are applied on the job and to give firsthand accounts of what’s happening in the real world of workplace learning and performance as it relates to young professionals. This is hardly an exclusive list, but the types of stories that work well include:
- Success stories – How you solved a problem, created a new program, or applied a concept in a particular situation
- Lessons learned – Tips on what you learned in the process of tackling a tough problem or stumbling blocks you encountered that others may meet
- New challenges you face in your role, industry, or specific organization as a young professional
- New skills you’re applying to your job
- Ideas for authors or people for us to interview
Here are some very general guidelines:
- Length: about 750–1,200 words
- Format: Microsoft Word, or other word processing program. Please, no PDF files.
- Graphics: If you embed graphics in the Word document, please also send them as separate files. JPGs are best.
- When: We welcome submissions at any time.
- How: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- About you: Please include your full name and position, one short paragraph about yourself, a phone number and email address where you can be reached, and a digital headshot (JPG is best).
- Copyright: ATD will send you a release form giving ATD rights to your article as written (except for your own use in your classes and on your website, etc.). We cannot publish articles that have been or will be published elsewhere.
Editing: Editors will be editors! Should changes be major, we’ll show you what we did, as a courtesy.
Other Ways to Contribute
Not ready to write an article? Propose a topic you think ATD should cover! Perhaps you have found a good blog or other resource you think the community should tap. ATD is always looking for new ideas and resources to share with young professionals.
Send us your ideas
, requests, and opinions about how you think ATD can improve the Young Professionals group. We’d love to hear from you!