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The Benefits of a Professional Development Course

Posted by Gerard McQuillan on 08 January 2016

The times they are changing and so too is the world of work! The proliferation of technology in recent years has seen many industries change and the need for skilled professionals has never been greater. Professional development courses are a great way to get up to date with the latest developments and practices within your industry. For many people the thought of going back to college can seem daunting, whether it’s financial or time commitment issues. However it’s not all doom and gloom. Professional development Courses are often short programmes with significantly reduced fees and can benefit your career immediately.

If you’re struggling to find the motivation, we’ve put together the top five reasons to invest in your career with a professional development Course.

Reason #1: Networking

Professional development courses are a great way to meet people from various different backgrounds and network with similar industry professionals. Connecting with like-minded people can be an asset in your professional career. It helps you keep up to date with the latest developments and job opportunities within your sector.

Reason #2: Work and Study

Professional development courses are designed to make it as convenient as possible for professionals to juggle work and study. Many courses are delivered in the evening and are designed specifically for those who want to work and study at the same time.

Reason #3: New trends 

Short courses can help you get up-to-speed with emerging technology and trends in your industry. The proliferation of technology and social media in recent years has completely revolutionised the marketing industry and marketers have been forced to adapt to these changes.

Reason #4: Keep your CV fresh

Gaining a college qualification or accreditation with a professional body makes you stand out from the crowd. Undertaking a professional development course shows employers you are serious about your career.

Reason #5: Practical Skills

Professional development courses are a great way to learn practical skills that you can put to work straight away in your job: Learning new ways to approach challenges in your job benefits you and your company.

Find out more about National College of Ireland, and get a feel for our campus and courses, by coming to our Open Evening on Wednesday 13th January from 5-7pm.

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