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Make the Most of Training Opportunities

Training is often cited as a very desirable component of any job and often high on a wish list for job seekers. Yet my experience would suggest that many (most?) people are not really serious about making training work for them.

I was probably as a good an example of that as anyone earlier in my career. I would see a training course as a good “boondoggle”, a way to have a couple of days away from the office and if it was out of town … even better!

My approach to the training was to listen and participate during the course, but the amount of content that I applied in my day to day job was typically a very small percent of the material covered. I think about that attitude now and realize that I was really short changing myself and my employer when I did that.

If you approach training with the right attitude then you will benefit way more than the approach I adopted when I was younger!

– It is important to mentally commit to getting the most possible from the training.
– Arrive rested and ready to work, concentrate 100% on the material.
– Take lots of notes.
– Have an open mind, particularly to new ideas.
– Be inquisitive, ask lots of questions.
– Find ways to incorporate the ideas into your daily routine.
– Review the material a week later and answer the question “Am I using the techniques and knowledge I learned in the course?”
– Review again every couple of weeks until you are comfortable that you “get it”.
– Set yourself goals related to the training … and exceed them!

I found a website with some good “study habits” that are reminders about how to study. Some people would have developed these skills at school, others might never have developed them … but it is never too late!

If you take training it is an investment in yourself, make the most of it!

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