8 Tips to Look for Professional Development Training
Getting a better job is something that everybody wants. But sometimes, the skills you need to get that new job are outside your current skill set. Whether you’re looking to move up in your current company or you want to make a complete career change, professional development training can be the key to your success.
First, take a look at yourself. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Where do you excel and where do you fall short? This is important information because it will help guide you in choosing the right type of professional development training for you.
Once you’ve identified what skills you need, how do you find the right training? Be clear about what your goals are so that your search will be focused and more likely to yield results.
To help you get started on this process, here are eight tips to keep in mind when looking for professional development training by AML Advisory:
- Know Your Goals
Before you start looking for professional development training, you need to know what it is you actually want to accomplish through your training. This can be as simple as creating a list of goals that each individual or team member wants to achieve through their learning experience. If each person evaluates their own needs and goals, it will be easier to find a course that suits everyone in the office.
- Find The Right Training Company for You
Once you have a list of goals and objectives, it’s time to find the right company to provide your professional development training program. Ask around with other companies in your industry to see if there are any specific companies they recommend. Research online and look at reviews from other learners to see which companies have a good reputation for providing quality training and support programs.
- Consider the time commitment
How much time do you have to devote to this training? Do you have an employer who is paying for it, or are you paying for it on your own? If so, does that affect how much time you want to spend in the classroom?
- Look at the different options available
There are lots of different options available when it comes to professional development training. You can take classes at your local community college or trade school, take online courses, watch videos or webinars, read books and more. What works best for your situation?
- Determine What You Want to Learn
How do you know if a class is right for you? Take some time to determine what you want to learn from a course. For example, if you’re looking for an agile project management certification, then find out what skills and topics will be covered in the course. If they sound like they fit with what you’re aiming to achieve, then pursue the class.
- Do Your Research on Courses
Not all courses are created equal. Take some time to do research on different courses that focus on the topic you want to learn about. Find out which courses are recommended by industry professionals and leaders. Also read reviews of different courses from people who have taken them; this will give you insight into how valuable the course may be for your professional development.
- Know how much time you can dedicate
If you don’t have the time for a lengthy class, look for short courses (such as Udemy’s free webinars) that give you tips on improving specific topics. These are much easier to complete and can offer value even if they’re less comprehensive than full courses.
- Look at reviews
One of the best ways to evaluate any course is by looking at its reviews. For example, check out the YouTube page of one of Udemy’s top instructors with over 370,000 students and 19,000 five-star ratings! Reviews will not only tell whether or not the course was useful but also give insight into what the instructor is like.