It may be that you’ve been in your job for some time, that you are currency between roles, or that you have recently entered the job market having secured your first position, whatever the case, a pivotal focus throughout your career should be Continued Professional Development (CPD). That is, developing your professional knowledge and skills through self- learning, specified interactive courses and/or formalised training. Many workplaces encourage and provide opportunities for CPD, but if you’re savvy you can tailor your CPD towards your own personal career goals. Through targeted learning you can carve out the path you want to take or rise up through the ranks at an accelerated pace.
But what’s that we hear you say, “I don’t need CPD, I am comfortable in my job and know what I am doing”. Granted, but with this mindset you won’t be moving anywhere fast! It’s a competitive market out there, so do you really want to stay where you are while your friends and colleagues surpass you? Is comfortable good enough when you could be aiming for ‘engaging’, ‘rewarding’ or, dare we say it, ‘fun’?
Perhaps you are looking at CPD all wrong; CPD shouldn’t be a chore, it is an opportunity for personal and professional growth and your chance to flourish in the workplace. Here at Selective Recruitment we see first-hand how candidates with strong CPD accreditations stand out from the crowd, so we implore you to consider its importance and if it’s worth taking some time to invest in your career development.
Benefits to CPD:
1 – Knowledge is power.
This may be a little cliché, but there is truth in this well-known phrase. By arming yourself with knowledge in a specific area you will undoubtedly not only become more proficient and increase delivery in your current role, but you will grow in confidence to be able to push yourself further. Furthermore, more knowledge makes us better at decision making and undoubtedly we become more equipped to make informed choices.
2 – It opens doors
CPD is a great way to help you attain the skills required for a promotion, or if you are looking for a new role, adding CPD accreditations to your CV is a must. Employers are always on the lookout for candidates that can bring something extra to their company, and those applicants who have clearly invested in their own personal development present as hardworking and motivated individuals.
3 – It allows you to move with the times
In these ever-changing times it’s important to stay up to date with current trends and not fall behind the curve. With technology constantly evolving and the climate of industry ever changing, keeping yourself informed will allow you to amend working practices to ensure that you are able to deliver a consistent and professional service.
4 – You can help to enhance your company
Employees who undertake CPD can contribute in a meaningful way to company growth and a strong reputation. Through continued learning you will be able to pitch yourself as an expert in your field and can also support the development of others within the workplace via the sharing of information.
5 – Personal satisfaction
CPD can stop things getting stale and will keep you engaged in improving your work. Although many of us struggle with time, learning is a valid investment and when you have a clear destination in mind, studying can be exciting and fulfilling. Through CPD you will become more accomplished and this in turn will boost your confidence.
There are many CPD opportunities available. It may be worth speaking with your employer about relevant training within the workplace. Or, you could allocate some time each week to keep up to speed with current affairs, set up some training or mentoring with a coworker, or identify an area in which you want to personally improve and track down an online course that works for you.