If employees keep updating their skills with the latest practices in their professional development then they are more likely to survive and even thrive in an ailing and a fluctuating economy. Nowadays, employees’ skills and abilities are constantly being gauged against those of their peers and the bar is always on the rise.

According to research, the process of professional learning and sustained employment are keenly linked to each other. Most employers value employees who pursue their personal development. These employees are seen as more motivated, engaged and adaptable. Based on the traits below, you will find ways on how to be calm and how to keep your professional development continuous.

Improving your efficiency

Find the aspects of your job that you find most challenging. Some excellent ways to enhance your performance level is to ask for expert guidance, attend online courses or workshops but also observe how an expert in those areas carries out their tasks.

Assessing the job market

When you are immersed in your work, you may avoid noticing any changes in the job market around your job position. Make it a habit to check out job adverts and job descriptions similar to yours in order to determine and acknowledge whether you are lacking in any of these areas.

Updating your knowledge

A certain amount of professional development is necessary to remain ahead of the game in some jobs. To achieve the level of development required you should always read professional journals, attend professional events and conferences or carry out your own online research through webinars and e-newsletters that are relevant to your industry.

Softer management skills

Beyond the specialized knowledge and expertise you need in any profession, most professionals need to acquire a certain level of people management skills. These skills can be acquired through active training and coaching.

Alternative paths to personal development

Most people have the tendency to think of learning and professional development in terms of formal qualifications and training. There are however, alternative professional development paths: 

• Reading professional printed content

• Coaching, mentoring, training courses, academic study, conferences and webinars

• Voluntary work, fundraising and event management

• Research work related activities, blogging and publishing articles

• Training other people and giving presentations or speaking at a conference related to your work

• Spending time with other departments, customers or stakeholders 

• Joining committees and campaign groups

• Apprenticeships and internships

• Applying for industry awards or scholarships

Professional development requires a personal commitment and it should be life-long, particularly if you aim to enhance your employability and extend your career longevity.

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