Continuous Learning

Continuous Learning

“Continuous Learning isn’t just a choice anymore, it’s a requirement for progression.”

In my opinion, Continuous Learning isn’t just a choice anymore, it’s a requirement for progression. It is not just about progression in business, it also influences how you feel about yourself and how you value yourself both in society and in your workplace. We need to develop and motivate ourselves to learn new things and enhance our skill set.

If the Irish recession has shown us anything, it is that you can’t be proficient in just one area anymore, you need to be able to evolve and adapt to new work practices, procedures and requirements, no matter what industry you are in. That’s where continuous learning comes in.

In most professional careers you are required to undertake continuous professional development, be that self-directed or compulsory. With the speed of change in business, it is hugely important to stay on top of what is relevant to your business and profession in order to progress. This can be achieved by completing short courses or something more long term like a college certificate/diploma or degree.

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What I’ve done:

Personally I’ve been adding to my skillset by completing short courses over the last number of years, mainly since I figured out that I had to!

  • I completed a 2-day training course on the WordPress website CMS (Content Management System) 4 years ago in order to be able to manage the back-end of the company website and since then through trial and error and a lot of YouTube tutorials, I now create websites in my free time outside of my full time job. Examples here and here.
  • I completed a 5 day FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer course in 2013 to be able to deliver, assess and evaluate training courses. I followed that up this year with a QQI Level 6 Training Needs Identification and Design course that gave me the ability to identify training and development needs in an organisation and be able to devise a training plan to meet those needs. This was an add on to my Train the Trainer qualification and I received a QQI Specific Purpose Award in Training and Development as a result.
  • In 2014 I completed a 6 month part-time IPMA Project Management Diploma in the National College of Ireland in Dublin
  • Last year I completed a 3-day Digital Marketing course to complement my practical knowledge and experience in Digital Marketing in order to give me more structure on what I was doing online. 
  • Through the purchase of Adobe Illustrator software, a number of years ago and through YouTube tutorials and practice, I create all the company images for the website, flyers, business cards, pull up banners, course manuals and presentations etc

By obtaining my training qualifications I was better able to understand my own learning style which has helped me in my continuous learning journey.

It is important to up-skill yourself on the work you do with continuous learning. Ensure you complete courses that you feel will complement your skill set and the job that you do. This will give you a better all-round grasp of your job and the skills you need to do it to a high level.

After a 12-year absence, I’ve returned to college and I’m currently two months into a MSc in Marketing and personally I feel I need to do this to bring my skillset and business acumen to the next level.

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How to stand out?

The question these days is how do those who have qualifications stand out from those with similar qualifications? Whether you are looking for a new job or looking to move up in your present job, Continuous Learning is the answer.

The ability to show that you are looking to improve yourself, your skills and add to your qualifications shows you care about your work and are more than likely adaptable to change.

There are 3 types of employees, those that are engaged, not engaged and finally those who are actively disengaged (Gallup – The State of the Global Workplace). Everyone has worked with people who just come into work, do as little as possible, do nothing more than required and are generally unhappy with their jobs and their tasks. The only way to get out of this is to do something about it. Make a plan towards what you want to do and how you will get there.

To conclude:

If you were like me, unsure as to what you want to do with your career or the direction it was going, then YOU are the one who must to do something about it. Whether it be going to college for the first time or going back to college, completing online courses or learning new things through YouTube tutorials.

If you can’t commit to something long term, then complete short term courses. It could allow you to move in a different direction within your area of expertise or give you the ability to learn new things that could lead you to the job or career that you enjoy.

Ultimately, you are your own obstacle.

The Cpl Institute

At the Cpl Institute we offer a number of short term courses that will help you up-skill in a number of areas:

Click on any of the courses above to check out the details, course locations and dates.

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If you have any questions or queries on any of the above contact me by filling out your details below and I will get back to you.

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Thanks for reading!

Derek Donohoe – Marketing Manager

The Cpl Institute

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