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[caption id="attachment_16850" align="aligncenter" width="286"] CPD ensures you remain competent[/caption] What is CPD? Continuing Professional Development or CPD refers to any career development activities which develop your professional skills, knowledge or experience. CPD is important because it ensures you remain competent in your profession throughout your career. CPD activities can be formal or informal and gained either on the job or outside your work environment. It’s a good idea to keep track of your CPD by recording and reflecting upon the resulting learning and development. Advantages of CPD • Ensures that your skills remain up to date and relevant • Helps you maintain and develop the knowledge and skills needed to do your job effectively • Keeps your up to date the current standards and best practice in your field of expertise • Helps you be more effective in your role leading to higher levels of job satisfaction, productivity and professionalism • Facilitates career progression by ensuring you...

As each year draws to a close many of us start to reflect on the year that was. Perhaps you feel you’ve accomplished all you set out to achieve, or maybe you’re beating yourself up for not getting to where you wanted to be.   Whichever is true for you, now is the ideal time to start thinking about what you want to change in the coming year.   Some key questions to ask yourself:   • What went well this year? • What didn’t go so well? • What would I like to change? • What do I need more of? • What do I need less of? • How do I want my life to look this time next year? • What specific actions will I take to achieve my goals? Armed with answers to these questions, you'll be clearer on what you need to do to achieve your goals in the coming year. It...

Get career happy by making some simple changes at work Do more of what you love Re-crafting your work to do more of what you love can be simpler than you might think. Start by identifying what it is you enjoy most about your job. Even if you think there’s nothing you enjoy about your work think carefully and list those work tasks you enjoy the most. Now list the things you dislike about your job. Looking at this list, is there anything you can do differently? Can you do these tasks less frequently, more effectively or is it possible you can avoid these altogether by delegating or making changes to your role? Reconnect What attracted you to the job in the beginning? See if you can reconnect with what made the job attractive in the first place. If the reason was purely financial then honour that, think about all the benefits having this...

People consider self-employment for a variety of reasons. For some it may be the lure of freedom, the potential to earn more money or a way to do more of what they love. Others might consider self-employment in the face of redundancy or due a lack of employment opportunities. If you are considering self-employment as an alternative to traditional employment, there are a number of questions to ask yourself: • Am I suited to self-employment? • Do I have a viable business idea? • Do I have the necessary skills? • Do I have the finances to get the business going? • Do I understand what’s involved? • Do I have a business plan? Although you don’t need to have all of the following skills and attributes to be successful in self-employment, your chances of success are likely to be greater if you: • Have a vision • Are passionate about your...