For those who don’t know, CPD stands for Continued Professional Development.
A quick Google will tell you that “it refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then apply.”
Your Approach is Key
Hitting a quota
CPD is not just about attending free training to hit your 15 hours-a-year quota.
It’s more than just a box-ticking exercise- your life isn’t going to change if that’s the approach you take.
Investing Time in Yourself
So, whilst I applaud anyone who works on their CPD at all, it’s not the only thing you should be doing.
If all you do is 15 hours CPD you are missing a trick.
I’m sure you’re not achieving as much growth as you would like and that you truly deserve.
If you really want to…
- get somewhere new
- build your career
- build your business
…then you need to do way more than 15 hours.
Pushing Yourself (and Your Boss...)
15 hours is just two days a year of training.
That is not enough time and money for you to be seeing results. Always be investing in yourself.
If you’re a corporate employee you should be leaning on your bosses; asking, finding training and attending as many events and sessions as possible so you can develop yourself and hopefully your career.
Don’t just rely on CPD. Try not to see it as free training that ticks a box for the year.
See it as an opportunity- do hundred hours a year or as much as you possibly can.
You need to educate yourself no matter what field you work in but especially in one, like ours, that’s ever-changing.
Thanks for reading- I hope you found it useful. Now… just do it.