Not all continuing professional development programs are made equal. As a life science professional, it’s important to be selective in the training you choose to spend your time and energy pursuing. There are two uniquely effective attributes that should be sought out in any CPD program.
The first effective attribute is Reflective Practice. Reflective Practice is essentially a modern term for an ancient method of self-improvement. At its core, Reflective Practice is about listening to yourself and others; jumping into the flow of ideas, people and information to learn new skills; and unlocking your human potential.
Reflective Practice is a method of assessing one’s own thoughts and actions, for the purpose of personal and professional learning and development. That’s why Reflective Practice can be used so effectively for CPD. It’s a valuable methodology for using insights and learning from our past to assess where we are now and improve our present and future.
Reflective Practice has huge benefits in increasing self-awareness, which is a key component of emotional intelligence, and in developing a better understanding of others.
Reflective Practice can also help life science professionals develop creative thinking skills and become more actively engaged in work processes. In work situations, regular use of reflective practice will support more meaningful discussions about career development and personal development.
As mentioned earlier, CPD can take a variety of learning approaches. Reflective learning practices sees learners combining a variety of methods, including self-directed learning, goal-based learning and problem-based learning, adopting a hands-on approach to their learning experience.
Reflective learning also combines different methodologies to learning, such as in-person seminars, training workshops, events, virtual webinars or online certificates.
Reflective Practice is a foundation of any effective CPD program as it challenges individuals to become self-aware and use the analysis of their own thoughts and actions to improve both personally and professionally.