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Career strategy and your personal CPD

Continuing professional development (CPD) is essential for an engineer. Fast-paced global economy and rapidly developing technology set high demands on the engineering professionals. In addition there are the well-known phenomena of the modern working life:

YOUR COMPETENCE IS WHAT INTERESTS YOUR PRESENT AND FUTURE EMPLOYERS. THEREFORE …

PLAN YOUR CPD

Writing down your plans and thoughts is a helpful tool when you are making your professional development plans. Make an action plan. You can move forward even by taking small steps. Concrete plans make it easier to take the important first step.

Utilise the possibilities for on-the-job-learning that your employer offers. If you want to participate in long training programs, make sure you make a realistic time schedule for your studies.

Reflect on what you have done and learned. That will deepen the knowledge and help you look at things from new angles.

Plan your CPD with your present employer. ADD policy document info.

DEVELOP YOUR COMPETENCES

Updating your knowledge and skills is the minimum requirement when you want to hold your position and stay employed. If you want your career to progress, through vertical or horizontal mobility, you need to invest more into CPD.

In some cases you need to reinvent your engineering career e.g. when your field of technical specialty becomes obsolete or you yourself desire to make more fundamental professional changes.

Some ways in which you may develop your competence:

PLAN YOUR CAREER

Think about what would be an ideal career for you. Then check what is realistic considering your strengths and weaknesses and the job market situation. Do not forget to take into consideration your values and the situation you are living in your personal life e.g. raising small children.

Keep doors open for optional career paths. The changes in working life may cause fundamental changes in your professional life. Be prepared to face the new situation.

Do not be too stuck on traditional ways of thinking. Dare to be innovative and dream big. On the other hand, remember that some career dreams are meant to be ”just dreams”.

CPD AND UNEMPLOYMENT

Search for a new job

Career change and retraining

Set up own business

HELPFUL LISTS ON CPD

Working life requires engineers to have a wide set of competences. When planning your CPD consider also developing competences in e.g. some of these fields:

Business

Financing

Management

Leadership

Sales & Marketing

Communication Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Negotiation Skills

Foreign Languages

Teaching

Training

Coaching

Project Management

CRM, Writing
(projects, research reports, articles)

Laws

Regulations

Foreign Cultures

Patents

Trademarks

IPR

Quality

Environment

Safety

Networking

Human Resources

 

When describing your professional competence verbs are useful words. What are you able to do? Here are some examples:

Add

Administrate

Analyse

Assign

Assist

Budget

Build

buy

Communicate

Construct

Consult

Coordinate

Counsel

Cut

Decide

Define

Deliver

Design

Develop

Direct

Discover

Distribute

Draft

Edit

Educate

Eliminate

Establish

Estimate

Facilitate

Finance

Form

Found

Govern

Handle

Hire

Identify

Increase

Implement

Incorporate

Improve

Initiate

Interview

Introduce

Invent

Invest

Keep

Launch

Lead

Lift

Locate

Maintain

Manage

Market

Negotiate

Operate

Organise

Oversee

Participate

Patent

Pioneer

Plan

Process

Prepare

Produce

Program

Provide

Purchase

Raise

Receive

Recruit

Redirect

Re-engineer

Reduce

Refine

Renovate

Report

Research

Respond

Review

Schedule

Sell

Set

Solve

Start

Supervise

Systemise

Teach

Train

Transport

Work

Write