Moving on up: How to take control of your self-development

It seems like it’s very easy to get stuck in a rut these days. Some people are lucky enough to find careers they love, but even the best job can be stressful, frustrating and unfulfilling at times. One of the most common issues many people face is lack of progression.

Employers often forget that people like to develop in every aspect of their life. If you are stuck in the same position for years on end, it can get very frustrating. Yet many workplaces don’t offer much in the way of training, and those that do often neglect to provide their workers with anything meaningful.

This is why Kent Adult Education encourages you to take control of your self-development! Rather than waiting around for your boss to add to your skills, you can enhance them yourself and learn something really useful.

This is one of the best aspects of taking a course. Learning a new skill gives you a real sense of achievement, and if you have chosen your course well then you will find it incredibly useful in other areas of your life. In some cases, it might even be what pushes you up the next step in the career ladder!

Learning a new skill gives you a real sense of achievement, and if you have chosen well then you will find it incredibly useful in other areas of your life.

Here are some ideas of how you can use courses to take control of your self-development:


Make yourself promotable

If you want to move forwards in your career, you will need to make sure you have a range of useful skills to show your capability. While your workplace might train you up in some of these, it is usually more impressive if you have one or two unique talents that none of your colleagues can match.

There are plenty of business courses you can take that will make you a real prospect for promotion. This could be anything from a first aid qualification to a skill specific to your industry, such as learning how to use accounts and payroll software. If these are not areas your company trains you in, it will put you at a real advantage over other candidates.


Learn something universally useful

You might have your sights set on a long-term goal that doesn’t involve staying with the same company or even in the same career path. If this is the case, you will want to learn and develop skills that will be useful and impressive, wherever you go.

Learning a new language is one of the best ways in which to do this. Most employers are impressed by a good grasp of linguistics, and you might even find you will need it for a high-flying career in the future! Pick a language you might need to have in a later job, or just choose the one you like the sound of the most!


Get rid of your weaknesses

Everyone has one or two things they aren’t very good at. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. But it is something that can be changed, and a course could help you out immensely. If you know that something is holding you back, we can help you get past it with a course.

For example, a course can help you if confidence and assertiveness aren’t among your skills. This could be all you need to succeed at your next interview. On the other hand, if you are missing a qualification like a GCSE then you can work towards it in your spare time to fill in the gaps in your knowledge.


Take up something new!

Alternatively, you could simply take up a hobby you’ve never tried before. Pick something you think you will enjoy and give it a try. If you end up loving it, you can work towards turning it into a career! Many courses – such as photography – lend themselves well to this, allowing you to turn what was a fun hobby into your full-time job!

Find the ideal course for you today

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