As a fairly new prospect researcher, I was glad to see APRA-MN not only offered a spring conference this year, but included on its agenda a continuation, so to speak, of the foundation of a research profile that was offered at the February Boot Camp for us prospect research “newbies.”
The majority of my time each day is spent creating new or updating existing research profiles. Since I began working in prospect research in mid-October, I knew attending the research profile breakout session at the May conference would be a helpful benchmark for the work I have done the past six months. Not only to ensure the content I was including in my work mirrored the framework of a thorough research profile, but also to assure me that I have been on the right track in my approach to researching potential and established prospects.
I believe taking advantage of attending these types of conferences whenever possible is essential to broadening one’s scope of work. The opportunity to meet with colleagues to exchange ideas for resources, inquire about their work and learn from one another is priceless. We can listen, commiserate and improve on our work all the while supporting each other as peers.
I am also grateful to APRA-MN for awarding me one of their scholarships to attend the spring conference. It seems far too often that resources for professional development opportunities do not always survive budget constraints. Budgets become tight, particularly as the end of the fiscal year draws near, which does not always align with when the best or most beneficial conferences and workshops are offered. Thankfully, APRA-MN generously offers scholarships as one of their membership benefits. I was lucky to be chosen as a recipient for the spring conference and deeply appreciate APRA-MN’s support. Offering the scholarships as a member benefit truly speaks to the character of the organization, whose mission is to provide for its members relevant and resourceful information to enable us to be professional, thorough and dynamic researchers. I look forward to future conferences to enhance my knowledge of prospect research, learn new resources to enable me to work smarter and broaden my network of prospect research colleagues. Hats off to APRA-MN!
College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
*Thank YOU, Connie, for taking advantage of one of the things we pride ourselves most on, the ability to provide learning opportunities to our members! We always encourage our members, new and not-so-new, to apply for these opportunities. And, thank you for participating in our APRA blog.* ~APRA-MN
Look for new a new post from our other scholarship winner, soon!