Historically, there has been a tendency to view professional and personal development as a 'nice to have' or a mere addition to mandatory training. However, as the world continues to change at a rapid pace, it's become essential to take the time to invest in yourself, whether you're in the Services, or making the transition.
Personal development gives you the opportunity to discover or reconnect with skills you may have been blind to, or taken for granted. It also gives you insights into how others view you, and the different working methods that your team have.
Finding the time to focus on personal development can be challenging while serving, but it's a wise and worthwhile investment. It helps raise awareness of your transferable skills, as well as helping establish your 'workplace persona' for the civilian world.
Professional development tips:
- Make the most of the funding available for CPD while in the military
- Keep a record of what you've achieved throughout your military career - even if you don't go for qualifications, have a body of evidence
- If you work towards a chartered qualification, use your membership wisely and make the most of networking opportunities
- Come and speak to a consultant at the Officers' Association to discuss which professional and personal development courses are most relevant for your progression.