Get a head start on your 2019 professional development
It’s never too early to begin thinking about your 2019 CPD goals, and ICAS has a range of opportunities available to help you keep up to date and prepare you for the year ahead.
While it might be tempting to wait until later in the year before assessing CPD activities, it is a good idea to plan ahead and set out your development needs early.
‘I don’t have time’ is the phrase we hear the most when talking about continuing professional development (CPD) and we’re all guilty of using it. Whatever we do, work is busy, and everyone faces similar pressures.
Whether you work in an accounting, finance or business role, it’s these commonalities that connect us all. Sometimes we’re so busy hurtling through the tasks, meetings and priorities that we don’t stop to focus on our own personal and professional development.
There is a strong chance that someone else is making the time, and reaping the rewards.
Keeping an online record
Keeping your knowledge up-to-date, and making a commitment to undertake your CPD, are important aspects of your professional career.
Every year a portion of members are asked to provide evidence of their compliance. Our biggest source of development is the one that we’re immersed in – our everyday lives.
Whether it’s attending a course, joining a webinar or reading one of the many articles on icas.com, these activities all count as CPD. But we tend to fall down by not taking the time to record our learning activities.
We recommend that you keep an online record of your CPD during the year so that you can submit this easily if required to do so. Your CPD record can be in any format but as part of your CPD requirements, we recommend a pro-forma CPD planning and recording document to help you plan your CPD activities and record your progression through ICAS’ Professional Development Process.
Make it a habit
With ever-increasing commitments and tasks competing for our time, keeping CPD at the forefront of your mind can be a challenge.
Start small, build a plan, keep going, and find a process that works for you. To help, we have a wide range of professional development resources available to you, that include:
- Face-to-face and online courses
- Webinars and updates
- Conferences and events
- and more...
For more information on our Professional Development offering and to see the full range of initiatives available for you or your organisation, register for our PD brochure which will be available shortly.
We’d love to hear your feedback and if you any questions on any of our offering, please contact the Professional Development team.