TrainingProfessional training that is specific to your profession or that builds generalist skills.
Tests & CertificationTraining or testing that certifies your competence in some area. In some cases, professional certifications require hundreds of hours of study, class time and work experience.
EducationEducation programs such as a university class or degree. For example, a software developer who joins a weekend MBA program with the support of their employer.
Conferences & EventsEvents related to an industry, profession, technology or other aspect of your work. For example, a visual designer who attends design conferences and workshops.
ResearchResearch that is part of your job tends to foster professional development. For example, a software architect who is responsible for reviewing and recommending technologies such that they are frequently researching technology platforms and approaches.
PublicationsReading or peer reviewing the work of leaders in your industry or domain such as a doctor who reads a number of medical journals each month.
Empathy TrainingTraining that is constructed to help employees experience what stakeholders such as customers go through. For example, empathy training that has customer service representatives act as a customer who needs to navigate a number of poor customer service practices.
Roles & ResponsibilitiesHaving your role extended into new areas that are challenging or taking on new responsibilities such as a software developer who starts giving product demonstrations to customers.
Performance ObjectivesPerformance objectives that represent an extension of your professional experience. For example, a software developer who acts as a team lead to represent their team with stakeholders.
Job RotationThe practice of changing jobs regularly or temporarily in order to experience new responsibilities. Job rotation is often done to prevent career stagnation or entrenchment whereby an employee becomes resistant to change.
Self-StudySelf-study such as a studying for a professional or industry certification.
Electronic LearningTraining that occurs in digital environments such as a video conference based system for one-on-one language lessons. charrette is an intensive design process. This is a means to complete design deliverables and is also a popular type of training for non-design professions to build design thinking skills.
LecturesAttending lectures or consuming them online. In many cases, employees with a sense of curiosity self-develop as they are constantly seeking out information.
Coaching & MentoringThe process of helping others with their development and performance. This is often viewed as a professional development opportunity for both sides i.e. the mentor and the mentoree.Improvisation is a specific type of activity that is known to shake people out of unimaginative repeated patterns of work and interaction. It involves socially creating a story with others whereby you can only build on top of ideas as opposed to tearing them down. As such, the person who goes before you can throw you a story twist that is difficult to add to. This tends to be fun and truly requires creativity.
CompetitionCompetitions such as games are commonly used as team building activities and may have value for professional development as well.
SimulationsSimulations and serious games that give you experience dealing with professional situations before they occur in your actual career. For example, a flight simulator that gives pilots experiences with problems in flight.
Problem SolvingProblem solving such as a hackathon that produces working software to solve a problem.
Rote LearningRote learning is the process of memorizing things so that you can pass a test or certification.
UnlearningUnlearning is the process of breaking the rules once you know a subject very well. In many cases, knowledge is designed to be accessible such that it omits the nuances that more advanced learners need. For example, high school students may be taught that nothing travels faster than the speed of light whereas astrophysicists will know this isn't exactly true.
MasteryThe practice of pursuing the highest levels of achievement in a subject such that you intensely practice and don't move on until you have perfected an area. For example, an artist who pursues an artistic vision with such passion that they eventually surpass their peers.directly experiencing what you are trying to learn. For example, learning to deal with angry customers by dealing with angry customers.
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The process of learning, developing talents and staying up-to-date with changes that impact your work.