If you haven’t already participated in some form of career development, it’s time to jump on the band wagon and jump start your career. Career development programs are a great way to advance forward in your current position, and look great added to your resume. They enhance your already expert skills and keep you up to date on recent events in your field. Whether classes or sessions are offered by your company or outside entities, they are well worth looking into.
Participating in some form of career development is not a difficult thing to do. It’s learning how to maximize the resources that your place of business offers, and locating reputable sessions to participate in. Many times, businesses offer to compensate their employees if they look to outside sources for their career improvement, while other times businesses offer them in-house. It is important to remember that you and you alone are responsible to attend the sessions, put forth the effort to complete any extra work involved, and you may have to expend some money from your pocket.
Below you will find some suggestions that can aid you in your search for the best career development classes.
- Read career oriented publications. This is one of the most inexpensive and up-to-date methods to keep you current in your field. They provide the most recent surveys, studies, and advancements in your field. Some employers may offer a stipend or a reimbursement clause for employees to utilize if they do so and share with their peers what they have learned.
- Attend in-house career development sessions. Many companies insist on employees attending so many hours of career development sessions in a year. Not only do the classes keep their employees sharp and current on new methods, they also review procedures that are used within the company as a whole. These career development sessions are usually covered by the employer at no cost to you- except for your time and energy.
- Look into taking career development classes outside the company. These types of classes are often times offered through local colleges and business entities. Expect to pay these types of sessions from your pocket, with the possibility of being reimbursed. You may even be able to get approved to attend these classes at the companies cost and get paid to go.
- Participate in online classes. Human resources will often times post career development possibilities for their employees to consider. This type of class is paced at your own discretion and is usually covered by the employer or is free to participate in. Check with HR before you commit to any online source for career development first- many times if the class is not recognized by the company as a reliable source for education or career enhancement, you won’t get credit for it.