Welgoss encourages those who are considering pursuing development opportunities, including additional education, to first consider a professional goal. Be intentional with your next steps. Review job descriptions, talk with industry professional and find out which boxes you can’t yet mark off to be considered. Then research which types of development align. Meet with management and see what your options are for gaining those skills.
“The best advice is to be forward-thinking,” Welgoss said.
Welgoss is now on the flip side of leadership. She has the opportunity to mentor employees as they request development opportunities. Welgoss ensures she plants the seed by letting employees know she and Comcast are willing to support them.
For employees looking to advance or move within an organization, Welgoss offered a valuable tip: Make presentations. Public speaking can be intimidating, but it can also help employees stand out.
“Presenting gives you the opportunity to show what you can do,” Welgoss said. “If you have that chance, never say you can’t do it.”
Employees can limit themselves if they are unwilling to research what opportunities their organization offers, including tuition reimbursement. Always ask, she said. It can mean the difference between meeting a goal now or in the future.
“The worst answer to any question is no,” she said.
To learn more about tuition assistance at University of Phoenix, visit our Talent Solutions page.