Why I Make Time for Training and You Should, Too


Administrative professionals often sacrifice their own professional growth to meet the demands placed upon them. Don’t let your career take a backseat! Here’s why you should make time for training.

If you’re like me, at times you find yourself juggling an overwhelming number of responsibilities and tasks. As administrative professionals, there is no question that time is one of our most valuable resources. So, why should you invest that precious time in professional development?

As companies compete and seek to win in a worldwide economy, businesses and governments need well-educated and well-trained workers. Organizations are strengthened by having a workforce of proactive, highly skilled and tech-savvy administrative support staff to partner with executives and managers in today’s global economy. It is the responsibility of both you and me to prepare ourselves to carry on the critical work that we do.

As a lifelong learner and career-minded administrative professional, I made the decision long ago to continually seek learning and training opportunities. This decision has helped me to acquire new knowledge, learn new technologies and deepen my level of critical thinking. I have obtained degrees, studied for and passed certification exams, watched webinars, read professional development and business-related books, attended administrative professional conferences, and participated in online communities. There is no end to my learning if I want to keep up with the advances in technology and remain a competitive candidate when seeking employment.

How Change Is Affecting Training Needs

To be effective, we need to be prepared to become a project manager, supervisor, problem solver, decision maker, technology specialist and sometimes a true management partner.

With the advances in technology, admins are often challenged by innovation and highly sophisticated technologies. Change is constant! Administrative professionals simply cannot keep up at the rate at which technological changes are being released to the public. Over time, the classes taken and degrees earned will become less relevant and outdated. Ongoing professional development is vital for every admin.

Administrative professionals who can access information through technology and act quickly will become more indispensable to their employers. Tech-savvy administrative professionals will be able to provide a more efficient and deeper level of support, which will help businesses and governments succeed.

What You Can Do

The Information Age has changed the way administrative professionals can be trained. As technology continues to advance and evolve, admins at every level will have more and more training opportunities.

With the abundance of professional development opportunities available today, learning is more convenient than ever before. Here are some of the ways you can boost your knowledge:

    •    Register for webinars.
    •    Attend administrative professional conferences.
    •    Acquire knowledge by reading books, published articles and blogs.
    •    Attend classes.
    •    Join administrative professional groups through LinkedIn.
    •    Study and prepare to obtain certifications.
    •    Seek a mentor.

To assist administrative professionals in finding professional development opportunities, I also have created the blog A Great Day’s Work to share many options with you.

Make It Happen

Training opportunities continue to be a challenge for many admins because of competing priorities, financial resources and time. It’s easy to become immersed in our day-to-day activities while allowing our professional growth to take a backseat.

Join me and step into the driver’s seat as we navigate our careers with confidence. Invest in your greatest resource today — YOU! Make time for learning! John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

What types of training opportunities have you valued most? What resources do you use to find those opportunities?

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