Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
It is vitally important that you continue to develop your abilities and skills. Prioritising your ongoing professional growth will promote a successful career that excites and fulfils you. It will also equip you to adapt to change as technology and working practices evolve at an accelerating pace, as entire professions find themselves disrupted, and we are all working in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is the process of identifying, documenting and reflecting on your progress, beyond your initial training. You are choosing to make your learning conscious and proactive, rather than being passive and reacting to changing circumstances. You identify your key goals then document your experiences and learnings. If you work solo this is a highly effective way of managing your own progress in place of supervision and appraisals.
It is of great benefit for organisations to invest in the professional development of their employees; they retain key staff; develop skills and knowledge within their organisation; establish an enthusiastic working environment that fosters creative thinking; maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage.
Your CPD can be formal and organised by your company, or it can be a self-initiated record of your goals and learning experiences. As a self-initiated process it will help to direct your career aspirations, uncover gaps in your skills or knowledge as areas for improvement, and demonstrate your commitment to self-development. Continually upskilling is the best way to future-proof your career.