INTRODUCING CPD – how to boost professional development in the workplace
You’ve finished your course, completed your practical experience and secured a job – so how do you keep your career on track?
CPD is the answer. Whether you’re new to the workplace or have many years’ experience, continuous professional development is important for everyone. It ensures you have the skills you need to do your job – as well as learn new things, have time to reflect on your achievements and reach your goals. Companies who take a planned approach to CPD enable their employees to take a more relevant development journey, and have an in-house record of competency evidence.
Not all companies offer structured programmes, so what can you do to improve your personal progression?
We’ve found some easy tasks you can do to boost your skills:
Take centre stage
Presentations are a fact of life in many jobs, so working diction, body language and public speaking skills will transform you into a professional asset. It will also boost your confidence, and more people around the office will know your face. You may even get a promotion!
It’s easy to waste time if you haven’t got a clear plan. By employing time management techniques and delegating tasks, you can improve your punctuality all-round. It could be a simple to-do list or a complex calendar, any plan you put in place will give you more time for the things that are most important to you. There are loads of free apps available to make your work-life easier too.
Dress to impress
There is an art to dressing well, and if you can master it, it will help you create a much more positive first impression – whether you’re meeting a potential employer or are on a date. You don’t need to splash out on expensive suits and designer dresses – just fill your wardrobe with well-fitted pieces that suit your shape and you feel comfortable in.
It sounds obvious, but keeping your body in tip-top shape will make a huge difference at work. Make sure you’re getting your five-a-day, drinking plenty of water and staying active. You don’t need to go on a crazy diet or become a fitness freak, just maintain a healthy balance throughout the week. Energy is key to productivity too, so it’s a good idea to set achievable goals – like walking at least 10,000 steps a day or doing two sessions of physical exercise per week.
Do something for you
Being stuck in a rut is bad news for your motivation – so find things that make you excited. From learning an instrument to taking dance lessons, there are so many fun activities for you to choose from. It’s also a great way to make new friends and boost your social life – you may even be able to transfer your new skills into the workplace.
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