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Everyone Benefits from Professional Development - Faith

Apr 1, 2024

Everyone Benefits from Professional Development, Both on and Off duty 


In Proverbs 22:29, we see the value of honing our skills: "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will stand before kings; they will not stand before obscure people" (NIV). This week let's explore how investing in professional development, both on and off the job, can benefit not only ourselves, but also our businesses and the Kingdom of God. 


Professional development is an important part of career maintenance and advancement. Even solopreneurs and small business owners benefit from professional development. We live in an ever-changing environment with technology, best practices, and industry norms constantly shifting. Managing competencies and enhancing skillsets is important to stay relevant.  


Professional development includes professional competencies but also includes personal and social competencies too. There’s much more to professional development than upping your skill sets in your chosen career. In fact, the most beneficial professional development options led to growth both on and off duty.  


Professional Development Gives You an Advantage  


Professional development broadens your knowledge base and improves the marketable skills in your career. It keeps skill sets up to date and cutting edge, which gives you an advantage. Furthermore, professional development leads to mastery of skills, boosting confidence and makes leadership easier and more effective.  


Every Stage of Your Career Benefits from Professional Development  


Whether you’re in an entry level position, or running your own business, professional development is a must. There’s much to learn at every phase of your career, sometimes industry related, and sometimes personal or social. Being competent in all areas is helpful at work and with inter-personal relationships.  


Professional Development Easily Translates Off Duty  


Learning new skills and honing competencies has a ripple effect. Every new tool translates to real-world experiences whether at work, home, or in the community.  Learning better communication skills helps build better relationships, learning time management skills boosts productivity and efficiency in all areas of life. Leadership techniques can improve parenting styles or the relationship with your partner.  


When You Know Better, You Do Better  


Most people operate from what they know. They are limited by their personal experiences and current knowledge base. Actively expanding that knowledge broadens their perspectives and effectiveness making it possible to do more in better ways.  


Professional Development Opportunities are Everywhere 


It’s relatively easy to engage in professional development. From reading industry or trade information, to attending conferences, or logging online for webinars. There are lots of ways to boost your skills and give you an edge.  


Professional development doesn’t have to be formalized. Having a general interest in improving competencies is all you need; however, setting career goals can be helpful for keeping yourself motivated and engaged in ongoing development.  


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