The process of learning and subsequently maintaining professional credits. Such credentials can be skills and knowledge based and are usually obtained by way of planned development sessions, conferences, academic achievements and even other less formal on-the-job learning training, to name a few. Individuals seeking to enhance career opportunities or even those with a personal interest to stay in touch with the latest technology or regulations are usually developing professional competence.
Not to be confused with training, professional development is mostly informal and has a wider application to the individual. Professional development in the workplace may assist with skills training in many different areas i.e. leadership and task skills.
Some examples of approaches to professional development include:
- Technical guidance
- Using case studies
Professional development courses may include:
- Business skills
- Project Management
- Personal Development
- Account Management
Common checks and balances to track professional development include:
- Define my target?
- What PD do I need to reach that target?
- Where do I start?
- How am I progressing?
- Document each stage
- Progress review
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