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The Importance of Personal and Professional Development

This time of year often presents itself as a valuable time to reflect on the year that’s been, and what we would like achieve moving forward.

Personal development is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential. Investing in personal and professional development allows you to be proactive in bringing your goals to life, giving you a sense of self-awareness and direction.

The Stratacon team work quarterly with Executive Coach, Sharon Griffin on varying topics to assist in our growth as individuals, as a team and our service to clients, so we asked Sharon to join Managing Director, Paul Murphy in an interview on her thoughts about why it’s particularly important when looking for career opportunities, and the various ways we can access it.

Take outs from the interview

Why invest time into personal or professional development?

Personal and professional development gives you a competitive edge in a crowded workforce, helping differentiate yourself and stand out to future employers.

It can also  help you realise any leadership qualities and capability you may have, and potentially widening your job search and opportunities available.

What do you want to gain from it?

Is it a technical skill, leadership skills or something that will be valued on your CV to help shape decisions?

What types of development is available?

If it’s purely for personal evolution, look to the many free options we have access to including, TED Talks, MOOC, online articles, books and mentoring programs.

If it’s for professional gain, consider investing in courses, attending a conference or hiring an Executive Coach.

Find a style that resonates with you and run with it.

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