After finishing your apprenticeship, you may feel as though you have had enough of learning. But in life, it is vital that we continue learning, as learning equals growth. Learning isn’t always in a traditional classroom setting; you can learn anywhere, at any time. Training doesn’t have to be structured, there are thousands of online resources to support your continuous learning and development.
Be open to more opportunities
In order to develop knowledge, it’s important to be more open to opportunities. If the opportunity to experience something new arises, say yes. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will allow you to grow and develop, becoming more confident in all aspects of your life.
Learning equals growth
It is often said that when you stop learning, you stop growing. This is true in both a personal and professional sense. You may think you have your dream role right now, but it’s human nature to want to evolve and progress. If you are given the opportunity to train and develop your knowledge, do it! This will benefit you in the future when you want to move on, or move up the career ladder.
Continuous professional development
We are always learning, and when this is done within the workplace, it is commonly referred to as continuous professional development. This is a programme of training set between you and your employer to aid your progression. It’s important to log any training you complete to evidence the new skills you develop, this will allow you to track your progress and achievements. When it comes to progression and climbing the career ladder, this is a useful tool to have with you during appraisals and progress reviews. You will be able to evidence what you have achieved and determine what further training you need to progress in your role.
Use your knowledge to teach others
If you have developed a new skill or strengthened your knowledge in a particular field, why keep it to yourself? You don’t need to be a teacher in order to teach others. Your colleagues could benefit from your knowledge and even use it to develop in their own roles. Knowledge is a gift that needs to be passed on. By doing so, you will not only continue your own personal development, but also get a sense of reward from supporting others.