In today’s post we are exploring CPD and the positive benefits it can bring to your Career.  By the end of this post you will discover why CPD should form an integral part of your career plan and how it sets the gold standard for your CV.

WHAT EXACTLY IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development; it is the intentional implementation, procurement and tracking of training programmes for new and existing staff.  CPD provides staff with the skills needed to perform in a professional context.  Often it is sold purely of benefit to the individual professional.  BUT, this is not the case.  There are so many positive benefits that CPD can have on an organisation as a whole.   Although the positive benefits of CPD for business are numerous, we have listed our top 5.

5 Reasons CPD sets the Gold Standard for your CV

1. Keeps Knowledge and Skill Level Current

The modern landscape is constantly changing meaning knowledge can become out-dated rapidly.  If you stand still you will get left behind.  By participating in Continuing Professional Development, you can build confidence and credibility by showcasing your achievements.  CPD helps to keep your industry specific knowledge and skills up-to-date.  It also maintains the integrity of your professional qualifications and registrations and demonstrates learning agility.

2. Fast Tracks your Career

CPD is beneficial for employees’ career progression and advancement it contributes to their professional sense of direction.  Hoping to get promoted or wanting to change specialisms isn’t enough.  You need to demonstrate that you are willing to work towards this to your current and future employer.

3. Improves Salary Prospects

Money talks, and so does your knowledge and skill set.  CPD can contribute to achieving a higher salary.  If you are at the top of your game, you can ask for more financially.  You will also be more equipped to apply for higher paid roles.  By staying abreast of current industry expectations, you become an asset to ANY business.  Certificates and experience gained from Continuing Professional Development are great examples of your continued commitment to your industry.

4. Provides Valuable Examples and Scenarios

CPD activity is a fantastic example of your work ethic to use at interviews and appraisals.  It allows you to consolidate and demonstrate your professionalism.  You are also demonstrating to your current employer and future employer that you possess the necessary tools to cope positively with change.   Adapting to change is extremely desired within the workforce.

5. Reduces Feelings of Uncertainty or Worries about Change

Continuing Professional Development puts you in control of your career.  When you have a plan to work towards you maintain a consistent sense of achievement.  By thinking about the future, you can map out the qualifications you need to progress.   In this way you expect change, rather than feeling anxious when it inevitably occurs.

What do you think?  Has Continual Professional Development had a positive impact on your career?  We’d love to hear from you.

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5 Reasons CPD Sets the Gold Standard for Business