The importance of professional training

It is an irrefutable fact that professional training is increasingly becoming standard practice within modern companies. This is hardly surprising, given the speed at which knowledge spreads nowadays, as well as the many forms it takes. As a result, training courses are the perfect way to keep your employees informed and skilled. You could say that everyone’s a winner when it comes to professional training.

On one hand, the companies win due to their employees’ increased productivity and creativity, while on the other, the employees improve professionally by acquiring new knowledge and specific expertise. Nevertheless, its’ clear that certain employees continue to perceive training courses and seminars as a personal affront, implying that they are not performing well in their respective fields. This may be a common view, but actually, it is completely at odds with the very essence of training. Here’s why.

The whole point of training is to prove your competence

Let’s start with a simple fact: no-one arrives in this world already knowing everything. We therefore need to train and specialise in one or more professional fields. But it would be quite wrong to view training as static – that is, as something that you only do once and then thats’ it. In reality, training is an ongoing process that develops throughout our working life, not just a one-off occurrence. By way of example, you may be a top computer specialist today, but if new revolutionary data management software appeared on the market tomorrow and you didn’t bother to train yourself to use it, you would immediately become less competent. In other words, the widespread idea that taking part in training courses and seminars is a sign of incompetence is far from the truth. On the contrary: taking part in this kind of training actually shows how competent you are.

Using training for our professional careers

On a similar note, theres’ no denying that training sessions are the perfect way to give our careers a boost. We’ve already mentioned the dynamic pace of current developments of knowledge and expertise. And this applies to all sectors – whether you work in IT, in academia or for a law firm, you need to stay continuously informed of developments in your field. Basically, you need to adapt to these constantly changing technological advances, scientific discoveries or even laws, if you want your career to follow an upward trajectory. So, at the risk of repeating ourselves, the best way to do that is to obviously follow the appropriate training for you and, consequently, for your professional ambitions.

Professional training: a shared responsibility

In light of the above, it is safe to assume that training sessions and seminars should be a joint responsibility, shared by employees as well as the companies and institutions where they work. Employees need to show motivation and diligence by turning up to their training sessions on time and being as committed as possible. That said, businesses and institutions also need to play their part, by organising training that is truly relevant and necessary for their employees, in the best conditions possible. In other words, they should use suitable, comfortable and well-equipped training rooms that are geared towards the nature of the course. That’s why Bird Office, offers their customers a selection of rooms that are specially designed for all types of training course, whether in Bristol, Liverpool or Manchester, or even London or Paris.

In conclusion: is this the end of the training “taboo”?

In summary, we wonder if it’s time to say goodbye to the “taboo” around professional training. This means thinking about the steps that can be taken to rid training of the general perception that it’s something to be ashamed of. How can we stop employees from feeling ashamed about undergoing training, from viewing it as some kind of downgrade? Well, the first thing to do is to speak with them and explain that there’s no shame in receiving training – quite the contrary. What’s more, its’ important to offer them suitable training, geared towards their skills and their respective professional paths. Finally, its’ clear that a certain amount of introspection is required by everyone in this regard: we basically need to ask ourselves what we want out of our professional careers. If we want to progress, then we must accept that training is necessary and that there’s nothing wrong with it. On the contrary, in fact, as training essentially means getting better. And in the end, isn’t that what we all want?