How to beef up your professional development
There are many benefits to completing training courses – including the chance to boost your employable skills, whether you’re looking for work, or improving your standing within your existing company. Types of training courses can include first aid skills, leadership skills, and specialist training in computer software, as well as many other opportunities. It’s possible to find free training courses in your area by looking at job fairs, training websites, colleges, and listings in your place of work.
In terms of job fairs, you can often find adverts for free and paid training courses; these might be offered alongside vacancies for apprenticeships, or through training providers that can offer you support towards a particular profession. Signing up for these courses can be relatively straightforward, and often involve partnering with a local business or a college in order to complete a short qualification over a few days or longer.
It’s also possible to find many different training courses online; these websites can include specialist training providers that work with local businesses and other organizations, and include online registration and the chance to browse opportunities in your area. You can also use business websites and college sites to learn about different qualifications, as well as information on upcoming job fairs and other training events.
If you’re attending a college, school, or university, you can find training courses advertised around campus or through a website; these can include short courses that can help you build your employability around your studies, and might cover office skills, languages, and other areas. Educational institutions will often provide night and weekend classes, as well as openings during holidays, for people looking to take training courses.
Free training courses can often be found through your work, whereby an employer will agree to let you complete a short qualification while still receiving your salary. In many cases, these courses will be related to your current role, and might represent a way for you to take on more responsibilities, or develop knowledge of your position. Also look for recommendations from colleagues, and email postings by managers sharing new opportunities.
There are many avenues to explore for finding paid and free training courses, which can provide you with invaluable skills for your career, or just a way to broaden your knowledge and awareness of what a particular job might involve. In most cases, you will come out of a training course with a qualification, or units towards a qualification that can then be developed over a series of courses and written examinations to increase your competency within a certain subject. Using your time when unemployed to complete these courses can represent an excellent investment in making yourself more appealing to employers.
This blog post has been contributed to Resume Target by Kathie Smith. Kathie blogs about employment and training opportunities across the South of England. She has benefited from taking free training courses as part of her career in the IT industry, and recommends looking out for opportunities in her local area.