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Special Career Development Feature

Career Development is All About Opportunities Meet Doug McNeil As a 31-year Member of the PGA of America, Doug McNeil, PGA, Manager of Golf at the City of Aurora, has had the occasion throughout his career to work at all kinds of facilities from municipal courses, to private clubs and even high-end resorts. He started his golf experiences at a municipal course and has been fortunate to return to what he found to be his passion … a municipal course. His opportunities introduced him to facilities in Kansas, Arizona, Texas and Colorado. McNeil believes that the key to him landing his current position with the City of Aurora was a combination of things – his extensive experience at a variety of facility types combined with his passion for wanting to get back to the municipal side of the business. What recommendations would you give to members or associates just entering the profession? In McNeil’s Words: Career development is all about opportunities. It’s not so much about waiting for the right opportunity as it is about creating those opportunities for yourself. Each day is an opportunity to showcase your skills. You can make the most of each day by going above and beyond or you can treat it as another routine day. Those that consistently take their service to another level will likely be the ones to see more career opportunities come their way. It’s important to conduct yourself with a sense that you are always being watched. Whether it’s your employer, fellow employees or anyone walking through the door, each interaction paints a picture in their mind of what kind of person you are. You need to make the most of those interactions, no matter how insignificant they may seem. When a potential employer is considering you for a career advancement opportunity, you never know who they might reach out to for a character reference. They may not know anyone close to you, but they may

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know people who are your regular customers. When advancement opportunities come along, have an open mind to experiencing different types of facilities. I started out at a municipal course, moved to private clubs and then on to high-end resorts. In the end, I found my way back to my true passion, municipal golf. Each experience along my journey allowed me to see different sides of the golf business and learn from some of the most respected people in the industry. The more experiences you have, the easier it is to know what environment will allow you to flourish. On a final note, when you start to advance in your career and begin to manage people, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of showing your employees how much you appreciate what they bring to the organization and how much you value their input. Your approach needs to be genuine. We all have an inherent need to be appreciated. As managers, we often think we have the answers. More times than not, your staff has the best answers.

The SUMMIT

Profile for Colorado PGA

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2019  

This month we highlight Career Development by interviewing Colorado PGA Professionals to find out more about their journey to where they are...

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2019  

This month we highlight Career Development by interviewing Colorado PGA Professionals to find out more about their journey to where they are...