More than just money

Why professional development matters more than cash to young workers
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2009

At 27, Giustina Romanelli knows what she wants from her career. The MBA candidate at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management plans to go into marketing and sales in the pharmaceutical industry, eventually reaching a chief executive officer position.

To reach her goal, Romanelli knows she’ll need all the career support she can get, which is why professional development will be a key factor when it comes to choosing her first job.

“In order to get there, you do need to get all of the training and skills and experience possible,” she says. “Perhaps training on negotiations, leadership, better understanding of the market, how to be a better sales rep — basically how to perform better in my position and courses in how to help me advance in the company.”