Many life science professionals have likely heard that they need to pursue continuing professional development. It’s a crucial step for those looking to advance in their career. For career-oriented professionals working in a scientific, engineering, or technology role, the benefits of doing so can be significant.
The problem is the lack of information out there about the best ways to pursue this goal.
Life science professionals need to understand what continuing professional development actually is, as well as its scope, importance and related goals. That will all be covered in this article, as well as the necessary principles and most effective attributes of continuing professional development. By the end of this article, life science professionals will understand what they need to know about continuing professional development and how to pursue it in a successful way.
What Is Continuing Professional Development?
To start, let’s break down exactly what is continuing professional development, or CPD for short. CPD is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that provide learners with the ability to manage their own learning journeys and professional growth.
As the name suggests, CPD is an ongoing process that encapsulates all of the training and development that a professional can undertake. Sometimes this development happens through formal training, and other times it can happen simply by observing others and practicing a new skill. However, formal training is seen as more valuable by current and future potential employers.
CPD is recognized as an effective gateway to a better and more successful career. Current and future potential employers consider this commitment to ongoing improvement as a highly desired soft skill. Not everyone displays this commitment, so the life science professionals who can prove that they have engaged in CPD are seen as more desirable.
Whereas individual training courses can be taken and considered complete, CPD is never officially considered complete as it is a lifelong commitment to enhancing one’s skills and knowledge. Another important attribute of CPD is that it is directed by you, the individual, not the employer.
This means that as life science professionals change jobs and advance their careers, they can maintain their commitment to CPD no matter what role they’re in or which boss they have.