Continuing Professional Development is a journey

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): A key to career success

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’re an experienced professional, continuing professional development (CPD) is essential for your success. CPD is the process of continuously learning and developing your skills and knowledge throughout your career. It can help you progress in your current job, find a new job, and stay ahead of the curve in your industry. You may not have thought about it, but odds are, you’ve participated in CPD in your work life – whether it’s the fork lift training you completed or an interesting webinar in your job industry.

My CPD journey

As a recruitment consultant, I’m always looking for ways to improve my skills and knowledge. That’s why I’m a big believer in continuing professional development (CPD).

I’ve always loved learning and self-development. Last year, I completed online training for one of our new clients and gained a certificate in Safer Recruitment to sit alongside our recruitment for local schools.  I wanted to push myself and develop further into my roles, so I subsequently completed a professional industry- recognised qualification with the Recruitment & Employment Federation (REC).  This course was challenging, but it was also incredibly rewarding. I learned a lot about the latest trends and developments in the recruitment industry, and I gained new skills that I can use to better serve my clients and candidates.

I’ve also completed several online courses related to my field. In December 2022 I decided to access CPD learning online from home, and I completed Level 3 certificates in Recruitment, and Human Resource Management.  I was thrilled to get a Distinction and a Higher Distinction in these areas.  My current project shows how useful transferable skills are if you think outside the box. I have just started an online evening course in CPCAB Counselling, which develops listening and communication skills, something that is absolutely crucial in recruitment, after all, its a people business.

I’m a strong believer that CPD is essential for anyone who wants to progress in their career. By continuously learning and developing your skills, you can make yourself more marketable to potential employers and increase your earning potential.

4 ways CPD can help your career.

  1. Improved job performance: CPD improves your skills and knowledge, which can lead to better job performance and increased productivity.
  2. Increased career opportunities: CPD makes yourself more marketable to potential employers. When you have a strong CPD record, it shows employers that you are committed to your career and that you are always looking for ways to improve yourself.
  3. Higher earning potential: Studies have shown that people who engage in CPD tend to earn more than those who don’t. This is because CPD can help you develop the skills and knowledge that are in high demand by employers.
  4. Greater job satisfaction: CPD keeps you up to date on the latest trends and developments in your industry. This can make your job more interesting and challenging, and lead to greater job satisfaction.

How to engage in CPD

There are many different ways to get involved in your CPD.

  1. Taking courses and workshops: This is a great way to learn new skills and knowledge. There are many different types of courses and workshops available, both online and in person.
  2. Attending conferences, trade shows and networking meetings: This is a great way to learn about the latest trends and developments in your industry, and to network with other professionals. It can be anything from a national exhibition to a local networking breakfast.
  3. Reading industry publications and blogs: This is a great way to stay up to date on the latest news and information in your industry. Follow people or companies you like on social media.
  4. Mentoring or coaching: This is a great way to learn from more experienced professionals or colleagues.
  5. Volunteering: This is a great way to gain new skills and experience, and to make a difference in your community.

Still not sure? Here are some great ideas if you’re in the office, industrial, and hospitality sectors:

  • Office: Take a course on Microsoft Office Suite, learn a new programming language, or attend a seminar on project management.
  • Industrial: Take a course on safety procedures or learn how to operate new machinery.
  • Hospitality: Take a course on customer service or learn a new language.

Start searching online or on your social media channels for ideas. To get you started, head to Money Saving Expert | Free ways to learn new skills at home for free ways to learn new skills at home.

My top tips for getting started with CPD.

  1. Identify your goals. What do you want to achieve with CPD? Are you looking to learn new skills, develop your knowledge, or progress in your career?
  2. Research different CPD opportunities. There are many ways to engage in CPD, including taking courses, attending conferences, and reading industry publications.
  3. Talk to your employer! Find out what the company can offer you. They’ll be really pleased that you are showing an active interest in improving your skills.
  4. Create a CPD plan. This will help you to stay on track and achieve your goals.
  5. Set aside time for CPD. It’s important to schedule time for CPD, just as you would for any other important commitment.
  6. Reflect on your CPD journey. Take some time at the end of each year to reflect on your CPD activities and assess your progress.

Show off your CPD.

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s important to highlight your CPD activities in your CV. This will show potential employers that you are committed to your career and that you are always looking for ways to improve yourself.

I love it when candidates tell me about any CPD they’ve done or are doing. It gives me extra ways to market you to our clients, and I’m often inspired to suggest jobs that work with your transferable skills. You can also mention your CPD activities in job interviews. This is a great way to show employers that you are knowledgeable and passionate about your field.

Don’t wait!

CPD is an essential part of any successful career. It can help you improve your skills and knowledge, increase your career opportunities, and earn a higher salary. If you’re not already engaging in CPD, I encourage you to start today. There are many different ways to engage in CPD, so you can find something that fits your needs and interests.

The important thing is to find activities that will help you improve your skills and knowledge and make you a more sought-after candidate to potential employers. CPD is an essential part of any successful career. By continuously learning and developing your skills, you can make yourself more marketable to potential employers and increase your earning potential.

If you’re thinking about starting a CPD journey, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best investments you can make in your career.

If you’d like to talk to me about your CPD or career prospects, I’d love to help. Call for a quick chat or book an appointment with me for a more in-depth look at your options on 01747 825568.

 

Katherine Bending

About the author

I oversee the office and work from home jobs here at Octopus, including finance, sales, marketing, buying and admin roles.

The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  I love that the same level of care and support between our team is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions, which is what sets us apart as a brand.