There is no magic formula to ensure a lifetime of self-fulfillment and career success. We must be accountable for our own success and keep abreast of the important advances that are occurring in our professional careers and the technologies that dictate our success. Keeping your professional development continuous is critical if you’re looking for a new position or advancement in your current field.
Ongoing professional development or continuing education for credit is a fundamental part of being a professional with a designation. Along with on-the-job learning, continuing education or continuous professional development helps to ensure your professional competence over the course of your career and navigate the path to your success.
Why is making an investment in yourself and the advancement of your professional career so important?
- Discover opportunities to apply immediately what you learn into your day-to-day responsibilities for individual career success.
- Gain technical competencies that will keep pace with the current standards of others in the same field as yours.
- Be a contributor to your team. Make meaningful contributions so you are more effective in your workplace.
- Seize opportunities for advancement within your organization. Advance on the corporate ladder into positions where you can lead, manage, influence, coach, and mentor others.
- Garner increased credibility. Not only will your colleagues and clients have more confidence in you as a professional, but the public’s confidence in your profession as a whole will also increase.
- You stay interested and interesting.
Where to start learning when you are investing in yourself and your career:
In today’s learning market, several options exist for engaging in courses for professional development and continuing education credits. Some are free; others are available for a fee. The problem is that these courses are all over the place, and it can get very frustrating and time consuming to determine which courses to take. If you are truly committed to being successful, you need to find relevant courses that fit in with your other obligations and are designed by experts who have proven the success of the course material in their professional careers. You can find high-impact subject matter experts who are dedicated to bringing fun and engaging experiences back to your continuing professional development and continuing education courses.
Grant Cardone, an international sales expert, New York Times best-selling author, and radio show host of The Cardone Zone, has delivered more than 15 million sales training segments through his online sales training university. Grant’s courses are available for continuing education credits in multiple industries at XTRAcredits. Cardone says,
“Now, more than ever, you and your people have to know how to operate, function, and persist. This is the moment to train and prepare for when the good times return. Training, more than any other investment, will put you and your organization’s attention on what you can do instead of can’t do.”
Glenn Llopis, best-selling author and contributing writer to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Huffington Post, advises,
“Never stop learning. This begins by investing your time to acquire the right intelligence and know-how that will accelerate your career advancement.”
More good news: we all work hard for our money. When we make the decision to invest in ourselves, we want to take advantage of the best available options to us, and we want to ensure that we maximize our time, and not during our revenue-generating hours. Therefore, learning through playing with technology that is fun and engaging with a “hands-on, minds-on” approach is a powerful path forward and the key to your career and personal success and investment.
Founder, chairman and CEO of LightSpeed VT, Brad Lea, is a leading authority on web-based training, and he agrees:
“To gain the competitive edge and bring value, one must become skilled and knowledgeable beyond the average person. The only way to do that is to learn. You can learn by choice, or you can learn by making mistakes. Choose wisely.”
Always remember to be great and be your best,
Lisa is the founder of XTRAcredits Group Inc. She is an expert in continuing education and a successful entrepreneur with a proven track record building and sustaining businesses for the past decade.
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XTRAcredits is a full service boutique that provides professional across the globe with pre-approved continuing education courses. Courses are curated by the XTRAcredits Faculty who are top performance leaders from across the globe available anytime and anywhere.