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5 Reasons to Boost Your Career with Continuing Professional Development

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Did you know that more than 400,000 job offers are abandoned each year in France for lack of candidates? In a context of increasingly rapid change in the world of work, employability is now the key word. Everyone’s ability to find a job and keep it is, indeed, crucial. Contrary to popular belief, employability is not only taught at school, but also (and above all) through continuing professional development. But is it for everyone? Who does continuing professional development concern?

Employabilité et formation continue


Lifelong Learning

Nowadays, we must work on our employability throughout our professional lives. Continuous training thus helps to better prepare us for new waves of technological innovation, as well as various revolutions in terms of company management and transformation.

Continuing professional development benefits everyone, in particular by making it possible to:

  • limit internal turnover
  • help talents to develop
  • reduce unemployment rates by helping workers tackle skills obsolescence

Whatever your situation, it pays to understand how you can take advantage of it.

1. Developing the Skills of Tomorrow

Continuing professional development is a useful springboard to enriching your profile by working on new skills. As digitisation affects all economic sectors, companies are increasingly welcoming their employees’ willingness to learn new digital technologies74% see a good command of these tools as a professional asset and a way to boost employability.

Moreover, training employees is a good way for organisations to support their internal mobility. In so doing, they help each employee to develop in a rapidly changing professional world. It is thus a loyalty booster that ensures that everyone feels good in their job and in their company.

For employees, continuing professional development contributes to individual autonomy and combats skills obsolescence by teaching everyone to adapt more easily to technological and organisational changes.

2. Developing in Your Company with Continuing Professional Development

Apart from maintaining your skills, continuing professional development is also an interesting lever for development in your company. It is a relevant way to demonstrate your investment in your position and to send positive signals to your employer. Continuing professional development can thus help you qualify for a promotion or get a position with more responsibility, particularly in direction or management. At some companies, getting a diploma may also be a basic requirement for promotion.

New responsibilities also mean a salary increase, which continuing professional development can help you to negotiate! On average, a university degree holder earns twice as much as an employee without a degree. Going back to university can therefore be a good long-term investment in addition to boosting your employability.

This is the choice made by Nicolas Croquelois, Terminal Director with an independent European leader in the storage of petroleum and chemical products. In order to give his career a boost, he decided to upgrade his skills and studied for the EDHEC Corporate Finance Certificate“Today, I hold an operational management position on an industrial site,” he explains. “Consequently, the financial aspect is not a sphere I have to intervene in very frequently. Acquiring additional skills and a certain general culture in the field of finance and business management was important to me to qualify for promotion. EDHEC Online distance learning allows me to meet this objective by learning how to interpret financial tools, income statements and balance sheets.” Beyond the content of the training, the possibility of taking courses online remotely is a real plus for professionals. As Nicolas sums it up: “Distance learning is a very practical method! You can take classes when you get home in the evening or at weekends. I would have found going to class and having to combine business and training complicated!”

3. Take Advantage of Continuing Professional Development to Discover a New Profession

For many people, continuing professional development is a springboard to change career path. This important change can have many motivations, be it finding a job following dismissal or upgrading your profile. According to a study conducted by RegionsJob, more than 85% of employees today view career changes positively.

If the first step in changing career is often the skills assessment, the second is retraining. Most of the time, you will indeed need to develop new skills to practice a new profession.

And, to support this step, there are many ways to finance continuing professional development, such as the Professional Transition Project, the Personal Training Account and the Individual Training Assistance.

However, it is important to go into a sector that is hiring to ensure that this transition leads to employability.

4. Increase Your Expertise with Training

The key to employability lies in large part in your ability to make yourself indispensable. And what better way to do so than to be recognised as an expert in your sector? However, working on your expertise takes time and effort. To develop it, you must not only improve your skills in your field, but also adapt to its developments.

And, to understand all the developments in your sector, what could be more effective than being supported by other experts? Periodic training can give you new perspectives in your area of expertise and help you stay ahead. It is even essential in certain sectors, such as medicine and IT, which are evolving at full speed!

5. Continuing Professional Development to Become a More Flexible Manager 

A lever for both professional and personal development, continuing professional development is becoming increasingly popular with companies to support the increasing mobility of their teams. Whether it is provided internally or offered by top business schools, it makes it possible to respond to new management challenges, particularly by supporting the transition towards a more empathetic and modern vision of the manager’s role.

Numerous professional training courses have emerged in recent years to enable managers to develop and rethink the way they manage the performance of their teams. These training courses are particularly useful for equipping managers and preparing them to support changes in the world of work, particularly on issues such as the increase in working from home, the digitisation of certain jobs and the new imperatives (diversity and social impact) which apply to the companies of tomorrow.