skillsyouneed.com [check link to personal development] describes personal development as a lifelong process. It’s a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential.
Whether you are currently working or not doesn’t matter. This course includes a variety of subjects that will improve your awareness, develop your potential and contribute to the realisation of your aspirations.
As you progress through each paper/assignment, you realise that you start unconsciously applying what you have learned in your day to day interactions whether at a professional or personal level.
Every time you email your assignment on the due date, you have accomplished a goal. It is a powerful motivator to continue on your learning journey.
You feel good about yourself. Your level of confidence increases. You are on top of the world. You feel excited. You are proud of your accomplishment.
We all lead busy lives; children, partner, work, friends, family. The decision to do this course is yours and yours only. So, it requires strong commitment and discipline to allocate time to study. I personally have found time I thought I did not have. By spending a few moments reviewing what you do hour by hour, you realise there are some things you do that can be replaced by one or two hours of study.
It takes some time to adjust, but after approx 2 weeks, you are in the groove – nothing will stop you missing the study time you have allocated. It’s also important that you share your study schedule with your family so that they can support you when you feel you don’t want to study. You become much more productive and can fit so much more into your day.
You are never too old or too young to learn.
Refining your skills will keep you on top of your game at a professional level
It keeps your mind sharp and accustomed to learning
It provides you with the ability to contribute to conversations you may not have been able to before.
As you complete each paper, you develop better knowledge of the organisation you work for. You have a greater appreciation of the environment and understand better why some decisions are made by senior management. Overall, you become a valuable asset to the organisation as you are able to positively contribute and encourage others to do so.
In summary, this is a great course to do – it teaches many new skills which apply to everyday life.
Article written by graduate, Valerie Smith-Turcius