learning the ropes

The importance of a little training.

Professional education, staff development, industry training, skills growth – call it what you will. The importance of continuing education should never be underestimated.

In order to grow and prosper as a business, upskilling of all employees should always be high on the priority list.

And whose responsibility is it to maintain this constant development? Well, whether working for yourself or not, it all falls on the shoulders of just one person: you.

It needn’t be a battle to be the best in your field, but striving to make yourself a more well rounded and better educated employee or business owner is bound to pay dividends.

Luckily it’s not too hard to find good quality, low-cost (even free) training and information. You just need to know where to look, or perhaps take a little extra time to find it. A good place to start is through your local government, training websites, online blogs, committees or networking groups.

And I can personally vouch for the benefits of ‘Internet education’. In the past 10 months I’ve been to about 30 webinars– that’s almost one a week – and I haven’t paid a single cent for any of them. I’ve being picking up tips and tricks from industry leaders on all sorts of topics; everything from Social Media Management, to income tax, to setting up a new business.

But it’s not just all about free stuff. Industry specific training and coaching is extremely important when it comes to supporting your professional growth. In light of this I’m extremely proud to announce that I’ll be attending the fourth annual Australian Virtual Assistant Conference in Sydney next year.

The process of life-long learning and growing is always positive. And the choice to refine your skills and better yourself is an admirable one.