Professional Development is a continues process throughout a professional’s career. You may have finished your degree and that your job is all lined up. But do not simply sit back and or be contented because you may not notice you will be lagging behind your colleagues even for professionals with many years experience in the work place needs continuing development.
According to the Britishcouncil.org, participation in the continues professional development varies widely from organization to organization. It is widely recognized as fundamental to the improvement of standards and skills for individuals and their industries. CPD ensures that an individual enhances their skills and abilities once they have formally qualified. As teacher this will helps our knowledge stay relevant and up to date. By attending CPD you are more aware of the changing trends and directions in your profession.
Another thing is that it helps you contiue to make meaningful contributions to the team. You also become more effective in the workplace because you are always up to date. As educatorsin can deliver deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional, along with greater appreciation of the implication and impacts on your work.
As what Albert Einstein said – “Education is the learning of facts, but the training of mind to think”. An in an ever-increasing globalized and competitive society, the importance of continuing professional development cannot be overstated. The industries are definitely forever changing and thus creates exciting opportunities but also comes with challenges.
And thinking some of the challenges or barriers to CPD, researchers has to mention some of it. According to Friedman and Philipps (2001) “the lack of definition is a barrier to its wider acceptance and implementation.” A wide range of other terms for professional development, each with a slightly different focus. Another challenge for CPD is the way it is perceived. Teachers often see CPD as a top-down process normally run by school management. In this way, the benefits are often viewed in terms of management goals rather than for the individuals concerned. A further challenge relates to quality. They bring in outside speakers and trainers who have very little idea of the needs of the company and employer, or school and its teachers. There is often a lack of the sort of CPD than organisation needs and the best people to provide it.
The importance of continuing professional development should not be underestimated as sometimes it is mandated by professional organisations or required by codes of conduct or codes of ethics.
But at it’s core it is a personal responsibility of professionals to keep their knowledge and skills current so that they can deliver the high quality service that safeguards the public and meets expectations of students and stakeholders and the requirements of their profession.