Training

To be good at anything takes a level of knowledge and a lot of practice. To improve takes more practice and additional knowledge. To stay at the top of your professional game involves making learning and training part of your regular schedule.

There is such a range of training available. We live in an information age where sometimes it would be easier to receive less ‘noise’ rather than more.

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When you are looking to advance your career you need to gain recognition above and beyond the skills and responsibilities you demonstrate now. What you do right now is perfect for the role you currently hold. The next step up, or the step above that even, has completely different criteria that you will either need to demonstrate, or demonstrate capability of to reach.

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How high does another person’s career figure in your thoughts? You might give some thought to your spouse’s career plans because it impacts your time together and household income. You might think about your children’s career plans because you want them to find something to passionately enjoy that gives them the financial freedom to have fun. Do you ever think about your boss’s career hopes, dreams and plans? What about your colleagues?

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You’ve probably heard the saying ‘tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand’. This is true for all knowledge and training; doing the course is all well and good but you need to be involved in doing whatever it is to really understand and become skilled in something.

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Out of the huge variety of diverse and interesting courses out there which ones should you consider and which ones should you most definitely sign up for. Well, I’m a great believer of starting with the end in mind. If your goal is to become a Company Director run a search on Google to find some job specifications for Director level roles. Look at the essential and desirable skills list; what do they say? Which are the most common requirements across the board? If you see that each one, without question, asks for an MBA then that is going to be an essential course to take. If two out of the five ask for a part-qualification in accounting then that is an option.

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There are two kinds of development; skills and self. As you are your greatest asset then both of them are not only a great use of your time but they will be hugely beneficial to your experience of life. On giving a set of students the same test two years running, Einstein is quoted as saying ‘the questions might be the same, but the answers are different’

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