Setting yourself up to be the best professional you can be takes time, work and a monetary investment. This investment can have a huge payoff though in way of better job, better salary, better benefits and an overall feeling that you are happy in your job and fulfilled with what you do.
Professional Development is critical in any career, and as an industry we are fortunate to have many opportunities available to us. From conferences, to webinars, to weekend trainings and schools, opportunities are there, you just have to find the one or ones that suit your needs.
For 2013 there are several conferences planned for the nanny industry. Attend one or more to get the most out of your conference experiences.
In addition to professional development, there are other ways in which you can make yourself stand out as a professional.
Create a business card so you have ready at hand when you meet other nannies, prospective families or industry professionals. Donna Shannon gives us great info on the Art of the Business Card.
Dress the part. Jeans and t-shirts are ok if that’s what you’re comfortable in, but don’t wear too tight jeans and short-short t-shirts. Discuss with the parents what their preferences are and dress accordingly. Depending on what my day has in store it may be a t-shirt and yoga pants or slacks and a nice top if we’re going to be out in public or appointments.
Keep a nanny journal. This opens the lines of communication between parents and nannies and allows for all the little things to be recorded and shared. My past nanny journal included a line at the end of each day for the child to answer (age appropriate) “What was the best part of your day?” Let them tell you in their own words, or if they can write it themselves.
Be prepared! Create the ultimate nanny bag. Care.com reminds us … “Sure you’ve got lots of creative games in your head and crafts in your bag, but nannies also need essential emergency procedures, contacts and yes, snacks.”
Finally have an understanding of Nannyquette 101 and learn about the many amazing resources available in this industry, a few mentioned in this series, as well as those below …
Do your research! There’s plenty more out there!!
By Kellie Geres,
Regarding Nannies Development Team
Care.com content used with permission.