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Career Development at ATD22

Thursday, April 14, 2022

You can make your career in L&D whatever you desire. Today, there are more tools available that let you work where you want to work, do what you love, and be your own boss. If you’re wondering how to shape your future, we have you covered at the ATD 2022 International Conference & EXPO.

Figure out what you want to do; then, tell your story and market your brand to achieve it. No one can help you develop a truly amazing pathway in the L&D space like Elaine Biech. Elaine has decades of experience and provides great advice on career development. Join her session, Take Your Career Off Pause: 59 Minutes to Your Future, Monday, May 16, at 3 p.m. ET, to hear 600 (!) possible actions to develop your career.

But you can’t land the perfect position until you can compellingly share your story, which is just what Rita Allen will address in her session, Tell Your Story to Market Yourself and Your Personal Brand, on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. ET. Can’t make that one? Other storytelling sessions are also available with Sally Williamson (The Stories Within Us, Wednesday, May 18, 8 a.m. ET) and Cathy Fyock (Writing as a Thought Leadership Strategy, Sunday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. ET).

Another way to move up and feel good in your career is through Volunteering can be an incredible way to give back and network at the same time. A couple of panel discussions walk you through why volunteering is not only good for your community and career, but also your mood and physical health. Attend the session Volunteering to Accelerate Your Career Growth on Monday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. ET or the session Boost Your Career Through Volunteerism: Success Stories From ATD Leaders on Tuesday, May 17, at 3 p.m. ET.


Speaking of feeling good, it can be tougher today to feel relaxed when we are working more hours than ever before. The Guardian reported US employees are working 3 more hours PER Day than we were before the pandemic hit, that’s about 18 more work weeks per year.


Couple the longer hours with residual pandemic stress, shrinking workforces (which equals more work for those left at the organization), and add a heap of loneliness epidemic on top and you have a recipe for burnout and stress. If you’re looking to escape the stress and get yourself into a productive headspace, career development speakers Janice Litvin (Banish Burnout: Move From Stress to Success, Wednesday, May 18, 1 p.m. ET), Dan Day (Fortify Your Emotional Immune System: A Booster Shot of Resilience, available on demand), and Esther Jackson (Adaptability Can Become Your Superpower—Here’s How, Monday, May 16, 1 p.m. ET) can help.

And for ATD22 attendees joining on-site in Orlando, don’t miss the opportunity to connect with your peers. Attend Networking Night to thrill to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Jurassic Park at Universal Studios, freshen up your headshot in the ATD Career Center, or play a pick-up game of Jenga in the Quad with your fellow professionals

Check out all the great career development sessions on the ATD 2022 International Conference & EXPO website.

About the Author

Formerly the senior content manager at ATD for career development and host of the Accidental Trainer podcast, Lisa Spinelli writes about career development and pathways. She is the editor and main author of Teachers to Trainers (ATD Press) and is working toward her ACC accreditation with the International Coaching Federation as a career and transition coach. Currently, she is director of content strategy at Degreed. Spinelli also volunteers her time outside of work coaching and assisting transitioning military service members and spouses as well as disabled entrepreneurs in their new career paths.

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