Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge, that they can apply to their work and to their lives, will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future”: Brian Tracy.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), is important in enabling individuals to enhance their skills and knowledge, which are specific to their industry or job function. It helps ensure that further learning is targeted in a practical and structured way, focussing on specific skills and knowledge gaps, identifying crucial areas for development and the subsequent production of a SMART action plan.
An individual should see CPD as a way to remain competitive with his or her peers, as an opportunity to differentiate themselves, where this may be required, such as at job interviews or in tenders for new work and business acquisition. As more people become professionally qualified, with similar qualifications, CPD becomes more important as a means of separating yourself from the pack. Such a planned approach to CPD allows an individual to put themselves in control of their own career development. A personal empowerment which brings with it an increase in confidence and resulting abilities, all of which correlate to an improvement of capability for their employment environment.
Posted: Wednesday 30 January 2019