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Professional Development Articles


Needing a bit of inspiration in your quest for a better career through professional development? We know it can be tricky and that's why we started in the first place: to help you make the right training choices. Our professional development articles are a combination of staff research, the top tips from the UK's premier training providers, and contributions from our readers.

Last updated: 18 Jul 2017

8 tech terms worth knowing

Published: 04/06/2015

Interacting with the tech department is a tricky but necessary part of many professionals' day-to-day.

Are you tired of drawing a blank every time you do? Here are 8 important tech terms that can help make your next interaction that little bit easier.

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6 tips to help you save money on training

Published: 03/06/2015

Training is by now accepted as a necessary part of employee development, but can be a difficult commitment to honour when budgets are tight.

The key is learning how to save in the right places. Follow these 6 tips to ensure you develop your employees in the most cost-effective way possible.

The difference between coaching and mentoring

Published: 21/05/2015

Today's focus on the individual isn't limited to our personal lives; increasingly, companies recognising the need to cater to their employees' individual needs have begun to use coaching and mentoring as means of helping them develop.

But how do coaching and mentoring differ, and how are organisations using them in practice?

10 qualifications you can go global with

Published: 12/05/2015

In a highly globalised and inter-connected world, progressing in your career and landing that dream job may increasingly require you to relocate to a different city or country.

The question is: do you have the qualifications that will help you stand out from the crowd in the eyes of international recruiters?

How to define project scope

Published: 11/05/2015

Projects vary massively in terms of size, complexity, industry and a number of other factors. Yet there is one key principle that impacts the likelihood of success of any project: the definition of the project scope. Without it, failure will inevitably be around the corner.

The good news is: you can make sure you define scope effectively with these tips from Parallel Project Training.

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8 common 'top-up' careers

Published: 11/05/2015

Whether it's to find an outlet for your creative passions or to earn a little extra cash to spend on your personal interests, many professionals these days choose to "top-up" their primary careers with secondary positions in what are often completely unrelated fields.

Here we reveal some of the common (and a few of the more unexpected) combinations.

Training and skill development in the oil & gas industry

Published: 02/04/2015

With technological advancements being made every day and the price of oil a constant concern, how are the training needs of oil and gas companies evolving? More importantly, how are training providers adapting to this trend?
Gary Nichols, MD of Nautilus, gives his view on historical and current trends in a complex and changing industry.

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Gain an APMP qualification by building on your PRINCE2® skills

Published: 27/03/2015

If you already have a PRINCE2® qualification and practical experience in project management, you may well think this is enough to last you for your whole career.

But the truth is that no project management approach is perfect, and exploring new methodologies can bring you significant benefits. With many overlapping areas, stepping into the APMP arena can thus be a highly rewarding and relatively pain-free process.

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Finding the power in your communication

Published: 10/03/2015

Power gravitates towards those who communicate well. But communication is about more than choosing the right words - it's about appearance, tone of voice, body language and the kind of impression you are ultimately able to make.

The good news is that you can teach yourself to be a better communicator: all you need is a good dose of self-reflection and a few tricks of the trade.

6 ways to make the most out of an L&D event

Published: 18/02/2015

Industry events provide a lot of potential for HR and L&D practitioners to develop fresh ideas, discover new products & services and generally get inspired to achieve more in their workplace.

But it's easy to get lost at large conferences like Learning & Skills and the CIPD Show, particularly when you're attending for the first time. Here are 6 tricks to stay on track and make the most of these events.

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Learning and Skills Exhibition and Conference

Published: 18/02/2015
Arrange a meeting with our team   |  Register for the 2017 Exhibition Learning and Skills 2017, co-located with Learning Technologies 2017 is Europe's leading showcase of workplace learning and development. And it continues to grow in importance, value and attendance year on year.  With more than 7,500 visitors, 150 free L&D seminars, over 250 exhibitors ...
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Which project management qualification? PRINCE2, APM or PMI

Published: 18/02/2015

Many current and aspiring project managers wonder which project management qualification will give them the best chance of reaching their career goals: PRINCE2, APM or PMI?

The truth is that there is no one-size-fits all answer. Parallel Project Training explores the advantages of each qualification and explains the factors you need to consider in order to make the best choice.

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CMI vs. ILM: which one should you go for?

Published: 18/02/2015

There will be few managers out there who haven't heard of the ILM and CMI - they both enjoy reputations that have made them well-known and well-respected across the globe.

So which one has the qualification that's right for you and your career goals and dreams? Choosing won't be easy, but this article presents some key facts about both bodies that may help you decide.

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Unlocking the Value in Your Training Budget with Training the Trainer

Published: 12/02/2015

Internal training and knowledge-sharing are key to organisational success, but training doesn't come naturally to everyone - trainers need to develop a specific skillset in order to succeed.

And that's why Training the Trainer courses can help you unlock more value for your organisation than you ever thought possible. Melanie Windle, trainer for sales and business training company MLP, explains how.

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3 Predictions for the Learning & Development Sector in 2015

Published: 06/02/2015

In order to counter the UK's growing skills gap, Learning & Development departments will need to find new ways to encourage & engage staff in training that will allow them to stay competitive in their markets.

But how will they get there? Nick Fernando, Head of Content at, explains why adaptivity, simple complexity and bottom-up content curation will rule the roost in 2015.

Business Writing Skills - How to Improve 'Readability'

Published: 27/01/2015

In order to be effective, a document doesn't just need to be well-written and contain useful information - it needs to be readable.

Readability is affected by a number of different factors including punctuation, paragraph structure and layout. Follow ProSeminar's top tips to make sure you find the right balance and get your documents read!

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Starting your own business: why do it?

Published: 19/01/2015

If you've been doing the same thing for too long and feel like you need to make a clean break, why not consider a change to a career as an entrepreneur?

Starting your own business will require a lot of hard work, but there are some perks that can make the journey seriously worth your while.

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7 worrying symptoms of a weak organisational culture

Published: 28/11/2014

Is your culture ready for change? Do you innovate enough to be ahead of your competitors? Is your staff 100% committed to your business vision and mission?

Discover the worrying signals and make the changes that can strengthen your corporate culture and inspire your team to grow.

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Health & Safety incentive schemes: the case for and against

Published: 27/11/2014

It isn't just about compliance: promoting an effective health & safety culture in your organisation requires motivating employees to change their behaviours for the better.

Are incentive and reward schemes a good way to achieve this? In this article, we set out the case for and against, with views from leading industry professionals. 

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4 reasons why taking a course is better than watching a YouTube video

Published: 27/11/2014

Now that we have an instructional YouTube video for virtually any topic under the sun, we can just forget about training altogether, right?

Wrong. Though employees may think that they can learn everything they need to from a YouTube video (or Google search), we have at least 4 reasons why that's not the case.