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How to Boost Your TD Career With the ATD23 Career Center

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Despite news of layoffs and economic uncertainty, the talent development (TD) field continues to boom with new, unique opportunities. With many options at your fingertips, it’s important to be intentional with your talent development career, and the ATD Career Center at the ATD International Conference & EXPO is ready to help you amplify your TD career goals and aspirations!

We’re taking it up a notch at this year’s career center. You can expect to walk away with:

A Talent Development Career Blueprint

If you’ve been working in the talent development space and wondering where to go next, Cammy Bean’s session Charting Your Career Path in L&D: From Instructional Designer to Where? will help you figure out where your skills shine and chart a path forward in talent development.

Next-Level Self-Promotion Tools

You know where you want to go next. Now it’s time to ensure you’re putting yourself out there! William Arruda will share top tools and tips to make a powerful digital-first impression in the session Digital YOU–How L&D Leaders Can Build Their Brand Online and Expand Their Success.

And if you’re ready to create a killer resume (that you don’t have to edit each time you apply for a new role), join Sarah Cannistra (me!) in the Resume Reprogram Roundtable, where you’ll get expert tips from an L&D career coach and workshop a new, aligned resume for peer feedback.


An Aligned & Intentional Self-Development Plan

Owning your career is so much more than collecting a weekly paycheck. Andy Storch will teach you how to stop drifting and take control of your future in Are You Ready to Own Your Career in L&D? And Greg Rider will guide you in discovering career clarity, connection, and vision in Discovering & Developing Your Dharma: Embracing The Now.

If you’re feeling heavy about personal development, the Making Your Development All Fun and Games session with Julie Winkle Giulioni will surely inject levity, creativity, and fun into your personal development!

Want live support for your overall self-development? The Career Center welcomes back our ICF-credentialed coaches who are excited to provide free, 45-minute coaching sessions. Speaking with a credentialled coach opens you to new perspectives and possibilities. Any topic is welcome—it doesn’t have to be about work!

Steps to Create a Strong Talent Development Network

Ready to level up your TD network? In Building a Strong L&D Network to Grow Your Career, Sarah Cannistra (me) will give you a four-step process for creating an intentional network you can leverage, learn from, and lean on to get you closer to your L&D career goals. Get ready to start using these tools to ignite your network at the conference! After all, it’s not what you know but who you know.


Strategies to Become the Best Leader, Team Member, and TD Professional

Growing in your career doesn't always mean you must look for a new role; sometimes it’s about becoming the best at your current role!

Suppose you’re a TD leader looking to develop coaching skills. Diana Ideus’s Coaching Strategies for Leaders will introduce you to the International Coaching Federation’s Core Competencies and illustrate how to leverage them to enhance your coaching skills, regardless of role.

The best TD professionals and leaders know how to cultivate healthy environments where each person feels seen, heard, understood, and valued in their daily work. Are you ready to influence change and advocate for DEI in your organization? If so, Tonya Wilson will help you incorporate DEI into your daily work in DEI & Your Talent Development Career.

Whether you want to find a new role, shift to a new organization, land a promotion, or enhance your current work, the Career Center offers the tools to reach your TD career goals!

About the Author

Sarah Cannistra is an L&D Career Coach, and the founder of The Overnight Trainer, a coaching practice that helps purpose-driven people find, land, and LOVE the L&D career of their dreams. With over a decade of experience in L&D, Sarah has held roles such as Trainer, Instructional Designer, Director of Training, and Head of Learning. Having led the learning function 4x, Sarah utilizes her past experience as a learning leader and hiring manager to coach her clients to ultimate career success.

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