Knowledge is power - why we invest in further professional development

February 6, 2024
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In the last month at Accensis Inc, we've been churning out training after training session for staff.

Every month at least one course is on offer at our accounting, auditing and tax practice.

Are you curious as to why we are investing this much time and money into professional development?

Learning is an intentional part of workplace culture, writes Shayur Mohun (Photo: Jason Goodman)

Let me share my thoughts on why training is essential for personal and professional growth.

Training is like a treasure map, guiding you to become the best version of yourself. 

Further professional development is not just about learning new things; it's about discovering who you are and gaining confidence along the way. 

Think about your job or what you love doing: ultimately, training enhances your skills on your professional journey. Levelling up your skills allows you to handle anything that comes your way. 

You wouldn't believe the various professional development courses available: improving technical skills, mastering the programs you use daily, and developing your soft skills training, to name a few.

Update your already acquired technical skill

Technical skills training is common practice in the accounting/audit industry.

Considering industry standards and government regulations, we must keep up to date with any changes such as new legislations or interpretations, and how to apply current standards correctly. 

Become the best of the best by furthering your education (Photo: Luke Peters)

Mastering the software

Become a next-level expert with the software you currently use (depending on the industry), and learn tips and tricks on how to work more effectively in these programs.

It helps you in your everyday work life and reduces stress to a minimal manageable level (also adds that little extra to your CV when you are looking for opportunities).

Soft skills training - the skills you didn't know you needed

These can teach you how to behave and conduct yourself professionally, time management, communication skills, teamwork, presentation skills, etc.

These are basically personal skills which can translate into any job and industry you want to pursue. 

Ultimately, making education a priority can indirectly or directly improve your quality of life.

Never underestimate the impact of training and now with our exceptionally information-filled world, the resources available to us (especially free and short-form content!) we can really make ourselves the best version of ourselves.

Employers and workers alike need to make the commitment to do so.