Why Professional Development?
Employees are the outward face of your company. As a CEO or a manager, you want the best people on your team because in the end, they are a reflection of you and your company.
Professional development helps employees continue to not only be competent in their profession, but also excel in it. It should be an ongoing process that continues throughout an individual’s career.
Actively pursuing professional development ensures that knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date. It also allows employees to be more aware of changing trends and directions in an industry.
With the professional world moving at a faster pace than ever before, standing still will cause you to be left behind as peers expand their knowledge and skills.
There is always room for growth and improvement of professional skills. Attending a conference or seminar can provide employees with new ways to sharpen skills within their professions. The more knowledge an individual gains of a specific skill set, the more confidence they will have when performing these skills.
As an individual, professional development can provide the drive to progress your career, keeps engineers across the industry competitive and, ultimately, can make you more employable. Professional development is something you will do every day of your life without even thinking about it; however, being conscious of the development you undertake will allow you to record this and develop in a systematic way. In order to maximise your potential for lifetime employability, it is essential that you maintain high levels of professional competence by continually improving your knowledge and skills.
You need to take ownership of your career and its continuing development, as the job market is always changing and you may no longer be able to rely on your employer to identify and satisfy your development needs. The effect of such changes has increased the demands on professionals to maintain documentary evidence of their continued competence; and nowhere is this more important than in science and engineering, where technology is advancing so swiftly. You should be developing a personal portfolio of your professional activities and their relevance to your current job and your continued career as well as future ambitions.
By taking ownership of your career and focusing your professional development you will:
- Be better able to recognise opportunity;
- Be more aware of the trends and directions in technology and society;
- Become increasingly effective in the workplace;
- Be able to help, influence and lead others by your example;
- Be confident of your future employability;
- Have a fulfilling and rewarding career.
At Professional Development College, Australia we are determined to assist you in your professional development. Our courses are well structured, concise and content rich. Our online platform is easy-to-use and self-assessments are well targeted.
eCertificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of each PD course.