Ten Important Things You’re Gaining From Professional Development
Professional development will always be a part of your career, whether in the form of initial professional development (IPD) or continuing professional development (CPD), as there’s always something left to learn.
Professional development can take many forms and can provide many benefits, but here’s our top ten.
1) A better future
Your professional development is about you. Invest in it, and you are investing in your future.
You become informed and informative by keeping abreast of new developments in your chosen field(s).
3) A wider skill set
You evolve into a ‘plug and play’ engineer and are less likely to be pigeonholed. By constantly updating your skill set, you can cope with continuous challenges and change.
4) Value as an engineer
Your value grows, both to yourself as an engineer and the company or institution you work for.
You stay relevant and employable with transferable knowledge and attributes.
6) Credibility and confidence
You can visualise your progression towards your goals. Track your learning and cultivate credibility and confidence in yourself.
7) A better appreciation of your work
Your work as a professional evolves through continued learning and networking, nurturing a profound appreciation of the implications and impacts of your work.
8) Team and management skills
You become a key team member. As you become more effective, you can advance into new positions where you can inform, inspire and influence others through motivating, managing and mentoring.
9) Soft skills
Soft skills such as communication, project management and conflict resolution and a host of other skills will make you more effective in the workplace and marketable to new employers.
10 ) Recognition
You gain recognition amongst your colleagues and peers.
Find out how more about how you can develop professionally with the IET on our website.
By John Ging, Keri Allan and David Aylett.
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