Career development is typically seen as a progression of education, certification and job moves. However, to progress in our careers it is helpful to build both technical and non-technical skills in different environments to challenge us and give us the opportunity to learn. Community involvement strengthens not only the overall community but provides opportunities to stretch and learn new skills that support personal growth. We will review presenting, con management and competitions as ways to strengthen your career. We will hear from a recruiter involved in the community how they evaluate these experiences and recommendations on presenting this information in your job search. Finally, we will address burnout, exhaustion and how not to burn bridges.