Keep Competitive – Keep Your Skills Updated
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves
beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer
How many of you that are currently employed are taking advantage of Continuing Education opportunities that may exist in your workplace? Have you asked?
Even if programs aren’t offered by your company directly from Training or HR departments, sometimes you can convince your boss to invest in sending you to a class, workshop, or conference IF you can outline the measureable benefits doing so will bring to your job performance and optimally, the success of your team.
- Maybe you can bring back the knowledge and train your co-workers on what you learned, thus multiplying the investment.
- Maybe training you (and perhaps a collegue or two) can save money by bringing a process in house (vs. outsourcing that duty/activity) – and, you create more job security by having extra skills.
- If you ARE lucky enough to have required CEU’s covered by your employer, take advantage! Take as many as you can, and keep track of the Title of the Course, the Course provider (the company or trainer), the location, date of completion, and of course any certifications or other professional qualifications you earned by taking & completing it. These can be good extra info on resumes, or needed proof of skills you have if you haven’t had much OTJ experience in that area yet but are trying to get a promotion (or different job) that requires those skills.
It’s important to keep your skills up to date in an ever competitive job market!
Knowing more technology or having specialized training can give you an edge over your competition.
Getting your employer to foot the bill for updating your skills is such a bonus – and a benefit – on the job!
It can save you significant money (and time, if the training is also during or considered work hours!) to have company paid professional development.
It’s also something to consider about new companies during your job search – is this included in their culture and extra benefits package?