How to Maximize Your Professional Development
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How to Maximize Your Professional Development

How to Maximize Your Professional Development
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Does it feel like your career has ground to a halt? Are you wondering whether there's something you can do to kick start your professional development? To be successful in any type of business, you have to be able to learn and develop your knowledge. However, many years you've been working in the same job. Real-life experience also has its place, but this type of opportunity doesn't present itself too often. Which is why you should always be looking for new ways to learn and taking advantage of them.


What is Professional Development?

It's a process whereby you identify new goals and learn new skills to help you improve and be successful at work. Concentrating on your professional development could lead to a job change, a promotion or the ability to do your current job much better.


Is Professional Development the Responsibility of Your Employer?

You may be wondering whether it's the responsibility of your current employer to provide opportunities for your professional development, and in an ideal world, the answer would be yes. However, not all employers appreciate the value in training their employees. Little do they realize they're missing out on a fantastic opportunity that would lead to better employee loyalty and improved growth for their business. For those of you who don't have a professional development program in place where you currently work, the onus is on you to identify what you want to do and decide how you're going to get there. Here are some tips to help you achieve your goals.


The Planning Stage

This is where you think about your future and where you want to be. Think in the short term, as in what you want to achieve next year. Also, consider the medium and long term. For each of these time periods, you need to think about your goals. For example, you might want to learn a new skill or gain an additional qualification in your field of expertise.

Having a list of goals is a great way to start, but you also need to prioritize them. Some will be more important than others, and there will also be those that depend on you meeting other goals first.

Once you have your goals set out, you then need to set yourself targets along the way. This is important because it helps you to stay focused and motivated. Consider how you're going to measure your success and set a target date.

Now you have to think about the resources you need in order to achieve your goals. You might need to look for a relevant course or find suitable reading material. Commit your plan to paper as this makes you more committed to making it happen.


The Doing Stage  

With a plan in place it's time for you to get on with doing it. Make sure you allocate the time in your schedule to achieve your goals and have all the materials and resources near to hand so there are no excuses. There are a wide range of ways you can acquire new knowledge, and you're certain to find a way that suits your learning style. If you choose to learn in a way that's more effective for you then you're more likely to enjoy the whole learning experience and absorb the information quickly.


Recording Your Progress

It's important to keep a record of your progress, so you can look back and appreciate how far you've come. Part of your record could include your thoughts and feelings as well as your opinion on the learning experience. A certain amount of reflection is also very valuable, and it helps you to move forward in a positive way. Throughout the professional development process, review what you've learnt and think about how it is going to affect your performance in your current role, as well as the opportunities it might open up for you in the future.


Regularly Review Your Plan

Once a month, or every quarter, take some time out to review your professional development plan to check off the goals you've achieve. If there are some targets you've failed to meet you need to look at the reasons why. It could be that the goal is simply not relevant any more, or just needs a slight change.

Having the time for reviews is important because it helps you to look back and see what worked well and what didn't. It also highlights areas that need to be changed and those that can be repeated, helping you plan better in the future. 


Way to Improve Your Knowledge and Skills  

This really depends on the industry you're in but there are many certificate programs you can enroll in that will expand your professional skills. If electronic engineering is your field, you could enroll for an MS in electrical engineering online from Michigan Tech, for example.

1.   Additional Certification

This really depends on the industry you're in but there are many certificate programs you can enroll in that will expand your professional skills. If electronic engineering is your field, you could enroll for an MS in electrical engineering online from Michigan Tech, for example.

2.   Find a Mentor

Is there someone you admire who would be willing to offer their guidance? If you can find the right mentor, it'll help you grow more than you could hope to by just reading a book or taking a course.

3.   Online Courses

If you really don't fancy an online course then look for ways you can expand your scope where you currently work. Are there projects coming up you'd be able to take part in? Look for projects that take you out of your comfort zone as well as things that might be relevant in the future.

   4.    Look for New Challenges

If you really don't fancy an online course then look for ways you can expand your scope where you currently work. Are there projects coming up you'd be able to take part in? Look for projects that take you out of your comfort zone as well as things that might be relevant in the future.

5.   Take Part in Conferences or Seminars

Part of your future success in business will depend on your ability to communicate clearly and effectively. One way to hone this skill is to volunteer to speak at conferences and seminars.

Just because your employer doesn't see the value in professional development doesn't mean you have to miss out on the chance to further your career. You'll provide yourself with more opportunities to climb the ladder where you are or why not consider taking your knowledge and services elsewhere? 

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