In an ideal world, every employer prioritises equal access to learning and development opportunities for their employees. However, if your employer is lagging behind in this aspect, it's essential to take charge of your career trajectory. Here's how you can proactively invest in your own growth and development:

identify your strengths and weaknesses: 

Take the time to assess your skills, strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Understanding where you excel and where you have room to grow is the first step towards targeted development.

seek out online courses and webinars: 

The internet offers a wealth of resources for professional development. Look for online courses, webinars, and workshops relevant to your field. Many platforms offer flexible learning options that fit around your schedule.

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network with professionals: 

Connect with professionals in your industry through networking events, social media platforms like LinkedIn, and industry-specific forums. Building relationships with others in your field can provide valuable insights and opportunities for growth.

express interest in development opportunities: 

Don't hesitate to express your interest in professional development opportunities to your employer. Whether it's attending conferences, workshops, or specialised training programs, make your intentions known.

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attend industry events: 

Industry conferences, webinars, and workshops are excellent opportunities to stay updated on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in your field. Take advantage of these events to expand your knowledge and network with industry experts.

keep track of your accomplishments:

 Maintain a record of your accomplishments, skills acquired, and projects completed. This documentation can serve as evidence of your professional growth and achievements, both for your own reference and when discussing development opportunities with your employer.

By taking these proactive steps towards self-directed learning and development, you can empower yourself to shape your career path and achieve your professional goals. Remember, your growth is ultimately in your hands.

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