What's the point of ongoing professional development?
In "My CPD Life", a short series of blog posts to coincide with the launch of the AXELOS Professional Development Programme, experienced practitioners share their views on the value of keeping your professional skills and knowledge up-to-date.
The AXELOS Professional Development Programme - an online annual membership programme aligned to AXELOS’ global best practice frameworks - has been designed for individuals to ensure their skills and knowledge remain current while supporting them in their professional development.
1 How important has Continuing Professional Development (CPD) been in developing your skills and competencies?
As a Project Manager, coach and trainer in project management it has been extremely important to keep on improving my personal skills and competencies.
2 Why is it important for practitioners to continue learning and developing beyond gaining a qualification?
A qualification, in my opinion, only shows that based on the theory we can answer questions; sometimes also showing we understand the specifics of a scenario (in case of a practitioner). Continuing to practise, reading on related topics, discussing with colleagues, etc. gives way more insight on any model and teaches one to apply it better and better in different circumstances.
As trainer I have my yearly chat with an assessor and, each time, I gain new insights. The same happens during every project and during the writing process of a blog. So CPD ensures you improve as a person to better apply what has been learned during the qualification process.
3 Why do you think it's important for your skills and knowledge to remain current in your sector?
So much competition. With changes going so fast in the world and in the market, if you don’t stay current you will be outclassed by others who keep working on their skills. I’ve seen it happen very often.
4 How has CPD helped to differentiate you as a professional in your field?
Recruiters pay attention to how one has progressed over the years. The more knowledge and experience one can bring to a company the better you are positioned in the market. For a fair price of course.
5 What advice would you give to other practitioners about the value of CPD?
Practise as much as possible. Do not say the book is just theory: find out why it has been written, what was the context, how can you apply it in your context, does it make sense? It can only help you to advance in your field!
Do you agree that CPD activity is an important way of keeping ahead and improving your understanding of your industry and chances of progression in your profession? Let us know in the comments box below. Also, if you have any ideas for future AXELOS blogs, please use our Suggest a Blog form to tell us what you would like to read here.
Read Steven Deneir's previous AXELOS Blog Post, The top myths about PRINCE2® and agile methods.
More posts in AXELOS' My CPD Life series
My CPD Life - ITSM Consultant Barclay Rae
My CPD Life - project leadership coach and mentor Elise Stevens
My CPD Life - Interim Portfolio Director Craig Kilford
My CPD Life - Consultant Joanne Molesky
director John Earwood
My CPD Life - Project Management Expert Centre Leader Dave Watson
My CPD Life - IT service management consultant Colin Rudd