3 Ways Professional Development Will Impact Your Life

Does the term “professional development” sound familiar to you? Whether you currently participate in professional development programs or have heard the term used around the workplace, chances are you’re familiar with it. According to the Oxford Dictionary, professional development is “the development of competence or expertise in one's profession; the process of acquiring the skills needed to improve performance in a job.” No matter what your previous experience with the term is, professional development is essential in any career. While many associate the term with a business environment, this is not always the case. As you can see in the definition, professional development is broad and can be beneficial to everyone regardless of their industry. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many benefits that come with taking professional development courses.

BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Excel in your profession

  • As an employee, you represent your boss and your company. Companies want to hire and promote people who are the best at what they do. They want to be represented by the best and professional development gives you the skills and knowledge you need to be just that. Taking professional development courses keeps you up-to-date and allows you to grow and improve as an employee.
  • Already the boss? Professional development will give you the skills and knowledge you need to lead your team properly and will enhance your professional reputation, thus attracting qualified candidates to your company.

Network with other professionals

  • By taking courses and attending professional developing events, not only are you building up your knowledge of the industry but you are also building a professional network. Professional development is a great way to meet and learn from others in your industry. This networking is a great way to make connections with people who may be able to assist you in growing your career.

Choose your career path

  • As mentioned before, companies are more likely to promote/hire people who are the best at what they do. It goes without saying that the better you are at your job, the more opportunities will come your way. Professional development will provide you will training, certifications and skills needed to help you choose your career path.

If you would like to take professional development courses to grow your career, be sure to check out Division of Continuing Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF CE). UCF CE offers a variety of programs that will provide training, certifications, and knowledge to professionals in a variety of fields. UCF CE offers programs both online and in-person.

From Project Management Professional (PMP) certification to teaching English as a second language to writing essentials; there is something for anyone looking to learn new skills and advance their career. Whether you’re just starting out with your career or have been working for many years, there is always room for improvement. You never know just how far having the proper knowledge and skills will get you both in your career and in life.

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Published on 4/2/2019


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