CPD – Continuing Professional Development – is an important part of career progression for anyone. It effectively provides a record of what you’ve learned and experienced, as well as the way that this has been applied. CPD is effectively a documented timeline of what you’ve achieved, outside of formal work assessments, promotions and progression – it is the other half of the picture of a working life.
Why is CPD important?
When we start out with CPD it’s often simply due to a sense of obligation or because we have been told to do it. However, there are many benefits to CPD that make recording and tracking it worth your while:
- You may be required to maintain CPD in order to remain a member of a professional body that your job requires e.g. the Law Society
- CPD will give you a full overview of the professional development that you have achieved up to this date
- It will highlight any skills or knowledge gaps that you may not have been aware of and which could be easily filled with training or learning
- Tracking and maintaining CPD will provide plenty of material for interviews and your CV
- CPD can act as a record of professional standing, whether to a new client or a potential employer
- CPD tracking will provide you with an overview of what you have achieved so far and help you to tailor this to your ongoing career goals so that you stay on track
How to maintain CPD
It may seem like an additional task to spend time learning, training, carrying out activities and then tracking and recording everything so that you have proof. But there are some smart ways to maintain your CPD without too much effort.
Think outside of the box. CPD is any activity that has helped you to grow and develop in your role, it doesn’t have to be formal training. Remember to record everything that counts, from networking to online tutorials and reading magazine articles.
Record CPD regularly. It only seems like a mammoth task when all left to the last minute. Put aside a little time each week to record your CPD activity so that you don’t have to do everything at the end of the year in one go.
Be a sharer. When it comes to CPD, a burden shared is a burden halved. Be proactive about sharing CPD opportunities with your colleagues and ask that they do the same for you.
Look at your local opportunities. There may be a wide range of local events and activities that will count towards your CPD and they will generally be more convenient and easier to attend.
Personal and professional. You can use CPD to support the challenges you’re facing at work – and you can also use it as a way to explore new opportunities for personal development e.g. learning how to give great presentations.
Avoid repetition. To really get the most from your CPD it’s a good idea to step out of your comfort zone – avoid doing the same thing in the same way every time and embrace something new.
One of the easiest ways to simplify CPD is with an LMS that makes logging it a breeze – to find out more about how we might be able to make this happen get in touch with Enterprise Study today.