Career Development

Why Professional Development is Important

Personal Development or PD is something you should consider if you want to excel in your job or find yourself in a better, higher position making more money soon.

Whether you’ve just graduated from high school or college, or recently promoted after 20 years, be sure you’re working in PD or Personal Development as you climb the ladder to success.

What is PD and why is it important, there are many reasons.

Firstly, Professional Development means continuing education and career training after an individual has entered the workforce to help them develop new skills, stay current, and know the trends in their preferred sector.

So, as you embark or further your career — be it in engineering or teaching or whatever — to be successful you need to keep growing, shooting for the stars, practicing good PD.


And because the professional world is becoming more competitive by the day and ever changing, Professional Development and continued learning are more important than ever.

In just about all fields from technologies to manufacturing, procedures are evolving and progressing. This means it’s important for new as well as experienced professionals to continue developing their skills and fine-tuning their knowledge.

Many fields in the workforce now require professionals to participate in continuing education and continued learning, sometimes as a prerequisite for keeping their job or to maintain a license, designation, or certification.

If this is the case, a particular field will have specific continuing education or continuing professional education requirements which must be completed through an approved continuing education provider.

Besides continuing education, PD can mean various types of educational or training opportunities relevant to a professional’s work.

Even if not required, numerous professionals who want to excel will opt to take Professional Development and learning courses, etc.

Keeping Striving

Don’t be someone who falls by the wayside and who does the minimal in terms of growing in your preferred industry.  Did you know one-third of employees say they do zero to advance or improve their current skills?

Instead take risks, take classes, courses, seminars, and more to build on your professional development, and by doing so you will be far ahead of your colleagues.

Professional Development is also beneficial to your employer because by having chosen more ways to learn you increase your skill sets and stay current on industry trends. All of this will add to your company’s value and make you valuable to the company, too.

More PD Benefits

Professional Development and professional training opportunities provide other benefits for newbies as well as experienced professionals. Here are just a few:

Benefits of professional development include:

  • Professional Development expands your knowledge base.
  • Professional Development increases confidence and credibility.
  • Professional Development increases earning potential and makes you more hirable.
  • Professional Development offers new networking opportunities.
  • Professional Development may help with future career changes.

When deciding on Professional Development options, consider your personal goals and, if your Professional Development is required for your job or license, find out what types your company will accept.

Examples of Professional Development opportunities might include:

  • Attend a professional conference.
  • Attend workshops.
  • Complete your CE/CPE. Continuing education is required to maintain most professional licenses and designations.
  • Take advantage of microlearning. Microlearning can be helpful to busy professionals. It typically consists of brief learning units that give brief, focused amounts of content (usually between 1 and 10 minutes) allowing professionals to fit the sessions into their busy schedules.
  • Follow a peer as it may be useful to shadow a colleague or superior whose type of job or skills you’re interested in.
  • Read a book to help you in your field.  If you’re unsure of what to read, ask your manager or mentor for a recommendation

Personal Development or PD is something you should consider if you want to excel in your job or find yourself in a better, higher position making more money soon.


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