[feat-img-left] We’re all doing more with less nowadays, and sometimes we forget to take care of our own professional development. A smarter strategy is to weave our professional development into our daily routines as much as possible. Here are some ideas on how to make personal learning a habit.
Join Professional AssociationsBecoming an active member in a professional organization offers many advantages. It provides a great opportunity to network with colleagues, learn about trends, and expand your knowledge base. Some professional organizations that are specific to L&D include: the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Organizational Development (OD) Network, and the eLearning Guild. Attending the monthly meetings and regional gatherings is an excellent way to get an outside perspective on your daily challenges.
Obtain Professional CertificationWith certification you’ll acquire additional knowledge, be able to incorporate new methodologies and technologies in your work, and gain credibility in a specific field or subject. Many schools and associations offer certification programs that help develop and refine professional skills. ATD offers Certification as a Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). It requires three years’ of industry-related work experience as a prerequisite and costs between $799 and $999. The certification process consists of a passing a knowledge exam and submitting work samples.
Attend ConferencesConferences that are hosted by professional associations are a way to participate in seminars, meet other L&D professionals, and learn about hot industry topics.
Attend WebinarsIf you’d rather not leave your office, you can still participate virtually by attending webinars—some of which are free. Here are some sources for L&D-related webinars:
- Training Magazine hosts complimentary webinars from L&D thought leaders.
- Chief Learning Officer also hosts regular webinars by industry leaders, and if you miss the live event, you can listen to the recording.
- Bersin by Deloitte offers free webinars on subjects such as “21st Century Content Authoring,” and “Making Learning Stick.”
- TrainingIndustry.com offers live and on-demand webinars on topics such as: “How to Use Social Media for Learning” and “Changing Behavior to Produce Results.”