Training to Change or Advance Your
"Career Education and
Training for Career
Career training and learning necessary to grow your career is a never ending process.
You're currently working but who is responsible for your career
training? There can only be one answer-you
are responsible and in charge of your career growth and training.
You need to stay current or you'll be left behind. Changes in the
technical arena are coming fast and furious. And many of these changes are causing jobs and
career fields to be modified and changed, sometimes beyond recognition. So it’s clear you need to on top of the newest and latest or
your career and livelihood could be in jeopardy.
Investing in Career Training Pays Off Big
If you keep up or get ahead of the galloping learning curve you're
likely to be paid top dollar. So it pays for you to invest the time and effort necessary to learn
the latest technical bells and whistles.
First, what levels of training does your employer offer?
Tuition reimbursement is
the most common but the reimbursement many times is only in study related to you career field.
Many companies are now recognizing that training is training and
they are loosening the rules to include training in other fields and disciplines. If your company does not offer
these more liberal tuition reimbursement rules, some basic research on your part, and a proposal might change the
If you are Unemployed-Qualify for the Job through
focused self-study career training
What about continued education and training when you are
unemployed? If you apply for a job in which you generally qualify by virtue of training and experience but are a
bit light in the latest on, for example: Medicare reimbursement rules.
Pull up current information on the internet. Interview someone who
works with the latest government rulings and regulations every day. Analyze your research and then write a couple
of relevant articles and have them posted on the internet. Using Ezinearticles.com would be a good
In your resume, cover letter and interview you can point to being
current on this aspect of the position. This self-study training
strategy can be used to cover a variety small gaps in your
Other Career Training Resource
How about in house training? If offered you should
take advantage of every opportunity. In many areas employer associations, like the Chamber of Commerce, offer low cost training
programs or invite interesting speakers to discuss a topical issue. Not only is this training productive but many
times it opens up other areas of study.
If your organization purchases new equipment, software or
implements a new process many times the vendor offers appropriate training. Take advantage to learn as much as possible
about the new equipment and/or process.
Organizational Expert through Career Training
Another area often overlooked in career training is to become
the organization's expert on a particular subject.
In one example, a human resource specialist in a multi-state
operation studied the various unemployment insurance rules and procedures in the various states. She analyzed the
company's current approach to dealing with laid off and terminated employees as they accessed the individual
state's unemployment benefits. Her analysis uncovered
opportunities that would result in lower unemployment taxes in
the various states.
She developed a comprehensive training program for each unit's HR
staff. She then traveled to each location and conducted the necessary training. Today she is the companies' expert
on unemployment compensation and has advanced her
career through the study, analysis and by being the trainer on
Is there a subject related to your career field that you could do
some study and offer to conduct some training? It's been said that for each hour of training you do you must put in
three or four hours of study and practice to be fully effective. This extra study and time will pay off in the long
run of advancing your career.
Again who is responsible for your career training? The answer is
you are. Be proactive as the opportunities for career improvement are everywhere. And as you study, read and
attend seminars and workshops additional learning opportunities will open up all to add to your career training and
ultimately to advancing your career or helping you reinvent or change your career.