By Roy Thomsitt
For people who are serious about their career, continuous career training is essential. The more professional their career, the more important career training is. Lawyers need to be up to date with the law, doctors need to be up to date with medical knowledge and treatments, and computer systems analysts need to keep track of all developments in the computer world, and in that of their particular markets; their careers demand it, otherwise they become incompetent.
Even for those who have studied hard at college, school and university, study of some form or another is unlikely to come to an end once they take their first career step. That “study” will be most likely to come in the form of career training, focused study and practical training related specifically to their chosen career. Those who take that training most seriously, and apply what is learnt in practice, are those who are most likely to go on and do well in their careers.
In a profession, career training is an absolute essential, otherwise negligence is an increased possibility as time goes on. However, it is not just in professions that career training plays an important role. Almost every job will undergo change in a fast moving world, and staff need to be trained to meet those changes.
Another reason career training is important to an individual is for their own career progression. Even if the industry they are in never changed, career training could play a key part in how they progress their careers through promotion. Competitive environments in particular will demand that an employee will need to undergo as much career related training as possible to further their career.
Sources of Career Training
Your career training might, over the years, be a mix of compulsory and voluntary training. he most likely sources are:
1. Your Employer
Larger employers will probably have a training department, or at least a training manager, with responsibility for employee training. Coming from your employer, this training is certain to be job and career related.
Many people may regard any training course their employer organises as something to avoid if at all possible, as if it were an imposition. Those who are truly interested in furthering career, either with or via that employer, would be well advised to welcome such career training with open arms and get the most out of it.
2. External Self Arranged Training
Those with a serious intent about their future career may wish to seek training opportunities beyond those offered by their employer. Career related courses may be available to you during vacations, weekends or evenings.
Any course that provide you with extra knowledge related to your career will enhance your knowledge and potential to succeed. however, it is worth bearing in mind that seemingly unrelated courses may help. Subjects such as computing and finance seep into just about any career choice these days, so new skills in those areas could stand you in good stead, especially in a management role.
When considering taking the initiative in your training, it is a good time to consider whether you are in the precisely right career. By developing your skills over wide areas, you may find yourself better placed for a career change later, should you want to.
3. Online Career Training
Whatever your current or future potential career, there is a fair chance that you will learn more of what you need to know, and acquire more of the skills you need to acquire, online. Depending on your chosen career, formal online career training may be available to you, so it is worth searching extensively for appropriate courses.
4. Other Home Study Courses
Distance learning is big business, and there are some long established companies who provide home study courses for many careers, from dog training to computer programming, police work to accounting. These top companies all have an online presence, so the internet is a good place to start your search.
This career development and training article was written by Roy Thomsitt, owner and part author of the Routes To Self Improvement website.
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