The importance of continuing professional development should not be underestimated – it is a career-long obligation for practicing professionals.
As the leading body on the management and development of people, we have a strong interest in your personal growth.
Sometimes PD is mandated by professional organizations or required by codes of conduct or codes of ethics. But at its core, it is a personal responsibility of professionals to keep their knowledge and skills current so that they can deliver the high quality of service that safeguards the public and meets the expectations of customers and the requirements of their profession.
But continuing professional development should be engaging and fun too. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a relevant course that fits in with your other obligations. Sometimes, as you walk out of a course or seminar it’s hard to assess what you have actually learned. Have you absorbed the necessary skills and will you be able to apply them correctly in your work?
Whatever your aim, it is sensible to think about where your career is going and draw up a career plan. This will help you to identify various pathways that may be open to you now, pick out markers along the way, and help you to recognize options open to you as they emerge. You will have some transferable knowledge and skills in addition to any new ones you will require, and these should be recorded.