Navigating the Skill-Building Cycle for Your Career Success

May 7th, 2024

I recently worked with a client who was so eager to do course after course after course as he thought that this was what would give him the experience he needed. I’m sure you have all met the person that is always going to another training course and says that this is what will get them over the line in their goals. I get it. I understand it. I may have also been this person once.

However, you have to prioritize what qualifications are actually required. For example, if your goal is to become an ISO management systems implementer, then a qualification directly relating to ISO is what you need – first. Not a Project Management qualification or forklift licence. 

My advice is to calm down and map out a qualification plan that is most suited to what you want to achieve rather than blindly signing up to thousands of dollars worth of training that you will never use.

If you are unsure of what training would benefit you, book a call with me and I’m happy to help you out.

In the HBR article called When Designing Employee Learning Programs, Less Is More the author asks us to consider a beginner gardener searching for a simple pest control solution. They enter a garden store, hoping for clear guidance. However, the store assistant overwhelms them with an extensive variety of sprays, traps, and organic options. Confused and unable to make a decision, the gardener leaves the store more confused than ever.

This scenario mirrors the frustration many professionals experience when attempting to enhance their skills. They find themselves lost in an ocean of educational content that seems only vaguely relevant to their immediate needs. This is referred to as the “kitchen sink problem.”

Employees are frequently bombarded with an expansive selection of learning programs, each overloaded with content, making it challenging to determine a focus area. Instead of receiving a streamlined set of resources, they are handed exhaustive lists: 100 courses, 70 hyperlinks, 35 toolkits, numerous internal websites tangled in a complex web, along with videos from thought leaders, assorted internet blogs, and book recommendations.

This information overload leaves many of us feeling as though we are navigating a maze with no clear way out.

Skill-building is a dynamic process of acquiring and continually enhancing the qualifications and technical skills necessary for your career. By focusing on these aspects, you set yourself up for a successful, adaptable, and fulfilling career path.

1. Identify Required Qualifications: Begin by identifying the qualifications that are most respected and required in your field. This may involve some research or consultations with mentors to understand what credentials will provide the most significant career benefits.

2. Enroll in Specialized Training Programs: Once you know what qualifications you need, find the right courses and training programs that offer these certifications. Choose programs known for their rigor and relevance to ensure the learning experience is robust and applicable. Be sure to go to Auditor Training Online to check out their full suite of qualifications.

3. Schedule a Coaching Session: Reach out to an industry expert career consultant for an initial consultation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *