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Continuous Development, as a Learning & Development Professional

Quite often as a Learning & Development professional, I'm busy developing and leading training for everyone except myself. I rarely stop, reflect and think about where is my career headed. What areas do I need to develop? How can I support our future growth plans?

I realised I can continue on this path or take control of my own learning, which we empower everyone at Morgan McKinley to do. So I did. I researched the market and discovered Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) would be the most relevant and commercial programme for me complete. They offer a blended mix of learning available through classroom training, assignments, online and practical learning which is how I learn best. Next, I produced a business proposal for my senior managers to present the benefits of the programme and what would be the return on investment (1-2 pages). I nervously waited for a couple of weeks and then BINGO! It was signed off. Through networking I identified a mentor, an experienced L&D professional who had previously completed the same qualification and who is on hand to give me sound advice and coach me throughout the programme. (And a reality check if needed!) Day 1 and 2 finally arrived last month and I have to say I felt quite anxious and nervous (a great insight and reminder about how our delegates may feel). After two full days, I was more than delighted with my decision and I found myself fully committed and up for the challenge. I had been surrounded by 10 other L&D professionals who I could share best practice with and I really enjoyed the learning. I had a clear action plan of what I would like to implement and have factored time into my diary each week for further study and reading. To make sure that I stay on track, I'm currently working on a personal development plan (PDP) for the next 12 months which is incorporated in my programme and future goals with the business. Through this, I'm now inspired to review our internal PDP process and look at what improvements we can make. My teacher mentioned ASICS, the brand (acronym for the Latin phrase "anima sana in corpore sano"), which translates to "a healthy mind in a healthy body." This has stuck with me and is great food for thought. Stay tuned for my next blog on PDPs and my exciting journey!

  • Aug 26, 2014
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