Regardless of where you work or who you work for, when it comes to your training and development, the buck stops with you!

Why Should You Take Charge of Your Own Training and Development?

There are a few good reasons why…

  1. Gone is the ‘one job for life’ way of working and living, and with it, your employers responsibility to train you with skills that will keep you employed for life. While this may seem a little harsh… it’s now a reality, because the world of work looks very different today. It is now commonly believed you are likely to have around five different career’s during your working life.
  2. Because it’s your learning, your growth, your development, so you want to direct and own it.
  3. Plus here’s another, perhaps bigger reason…

Training and Development Plans = Targeted Learning

Just for a moment, put yourself in the CEO’s shoes!

When your organisation puts together its learning and development program, it will be (should be) based on your job description, and your organisations ‘skill needs’ to reach the organisations goals.

If you have a specialised training team where you work, they’ll use ‘Training Needs Analysis’ to identify your skills, knowledge, and any behaviour gaps between you, and the job they employ you to do.

Your company only needs to train you for the job you are doing.

Anything more, and the company is burning money.

Some organisations are big thinkers and they may develop you for the next role, or they may value a happy, motivated, workforce and so invest in team building and personal development programs.

If your lucky enough to work for one of those companies – awesome.

I hope you make the most of the opportunity to learn and grow!

Getting back to the organisations needs…

If training is identified as the required solution, a training program will be provided based on the organisations needs, which are not always the same as your needs; especially if you are planning on a career change sometime in the future. 

Do You:

Seriously, do you want to stay in your current job or organisation, for the rest of your working life?

Is the answer is Yes? You can stop reading here.

Is the answer is No? Please read on. 


How To Take Charge of Your Own Training and Development


Step 1 – Identify Your Next Step

  1. Invest some time in identifying what your next step in your career could be, or what type of business you would like to own.
  2. Identify what feeds your enthusiasm and creative spirit.
  3. What type of work will ensure that there is an element of growth, satisfaction, [what’s most important to you] in your day?
  4. If you are not sure – try the Career Quest Online Test to help identify career options.

Step 2 – Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours

  1. Determine what skills, knowledge and behaviours are needed for the new role.
    Research online, talk to recruitment agencies, employers and business owners.
  2. Identify what skills you already have, include any transferable skills, such as, previous experience on committees, fund raising, running a home, cooking for large groups of people.
    Note – we tend to undervalue our own skills, ask your family and friends to help you with this task.
  3. Create a skills matrix by listing all of the skills you need for your next role, down one side of the page, and list all of the relevant skills and knowledge you have next to them, on the other side of the page.

Step 3 – Seek Opportunities to Learn

  • Look for opportunities in your current workplace; such as, projects providing opportunities to learn the skills you want to develop.
  • Consider working for free, or taking on projects for not-for-profit organisations to build your resume and portfolio, outside of your usual work hours.
  • Learn as much as you can about an industry, or specific role, by completing a related training course. Contact employers and other business owners for advise.
  • If you are time challenged look into mobile learning opportunities such as online courses you can fit into your schedule.
  • The training you invest in, should significantly help move you to the next step in your career.


  • Learning a new skill can be a great experience.
  • Don’t take on ‘just’ any learning opportunity that comes your way.
  • Create a vision, set goals, and have a plan of action, then stick to it.
  • Learning only leads to growth if we implement what we learn.
  • Take Action – what one step will you take today?

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