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Upskilling is more than just a buzzword – it is what can set you apart from the crowd. In this article, we will show you how Continuous Professional Development can benefit your career.
It’s that time of year when it’s all about exams. And the good or bad news (depending on how you look at it) is, that learning never ends. . The old adage ‘you learn something new everyday’ is probably the best way to bring up the topic of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
What is CPD?
It is the means by which people maintain and evolve their knowledge and skills usually directly related to their profession. Some professions have a defined list of CPD criteria which individuals are obliged to undertake to retain their licence to practice. Other professions are more ad-hoc in their approach. CPD generally involves structured and informal learning while also including skill development and practical experience.
Why is CPD important?
By changing the word professional to personal , the true benefit of CPD becomes clear. Through this type of lifelong learning you can achieve significant personal development. As people we are continually taking in knowledge, through CPD we are doing it in a more structured and defined way. CIPD (professional body for HR and people development) highlight the following as benefits of continuous learning:
- Build confidence and credibility; you can see your progression by tracking your learning.
- Earn more by showcasing your achievements. A handy tool for appraisals.
- Achieve your career goals by focussing on your training and development.
- Cope positively with change by constantly updating your skill set.
- Be more productive and efficient by reflecting on your learning and highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience.
But it’s up to you
In the last decade there has been a significant shift from employer led learning to employee led learning. So much so that many employers expect their staff to embark on their own continuous learning and career progression. However, in many situations the company is willing to help out, either through paying for certain courses or through giving staff ‘study leave’. So check out what your company is doing in this space.
Whatever industry you are working in you can be sure that it is constantly changing either by forced regulation or better business practices. This coupled with the massive and fast paced changes in technology and in the digital world, CDP is now something any individual who wishes to progress their career simply cannot ignore.
Remember, learnings are yours, you take them with you as you move from company to company and it might just be the one thing that gives you a competitive edge over other candidates. So get learning today.