Are you a working professional? One question which plagues many working professionals is that their skills might get redundant in the fast changing and evolving business world. So the question is how do you stay relevant?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a proactive and conscious form of learning which uses various methods to help individuals either learn new skills or develop existing ones. It is an ongoing learning process; and a self-driven form of learning. CPD is also known as Continuing Learning & Education (CLE).
Here aresix reasons why you need a course in CPD:
- Stay Relevant& not become out dated. Especially with the influx of young talented professionals and emerging skills across various fields it is more important that you stay current .
- Personal Development: One of the parts of being a professional is taking responsibility for one’s own skills and constantly improving on it. Every career comes with a learning curve which must be adapted to. CPD ensures that your capabilities are in tune with the standards of other professionals in your field. It helps you maintain the skills you had and develop the new ones which might have become necessary with time.
- Better Contribution: CPD helps you make relevant contributions to your professional field. It would help you to come up with new ideas and initiatives which can be useful to your team. It helps you advance your professional standing. You’d be learning new skills which might be the extra nudge you need to get promoted in your office or area of practice.
- Wider Exposure; Gaining Experience: CPD helps in expanding one’s professional experience. When you do a course in CPD, you refresh the skills you already possessed and learn new ones which you might not have ever used before. This is where you gain advantage as your exposure to your area of practice becomes absolute, precise and dynamic. Every tax attorney in India had to go through seminars after seminars to learn the new forms and compliances when the GST Regime was introduced in 2016. At the same time, their knowledge of the old tax regime did not become obsolete because cases under the old tax regime were still pending. This is how CPD works. It bridges your past knowledge with new skills.
- Advancement of Profession: When you work on improving your professional skills, you might also come across a skill which might be the next big thing in your professional field. Every time one engages in developing professional skills, it is a furtherance of that entire area of work. No one knew what criminal psychology could do to help criminal investigations till Agent Jonathan Groff of the Behavioral Science Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation came up with the idea behind it, and now ‘intention to commit a crime’, is one of the main arguments to convict a person of an offence.
- Competency to Perform:When your boss or your client comes to you with a problem on hand, they expect you to provide service to the best of your knowledge and competency. If you are lagging behind in your skills or knowledge, you are unconsciously harming the interests of your client and business. Giving wrong information on a topic is a professional faux pas, and even worse is if you apply traditional methods to answer modern questions.
Continuing Professional Development is an ongoing process which cannot be put aside. It is a panacea for all working professionals everywhere to stay relevant, to help their clients better and advance in their chosen career. Modern questions need modern answers, which cannot be given unless you are proficient in your field of practice, and that is where CPD becomes relevant.
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