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Learn about professional development

Professional development helps individuals advance in their careers by building technical and soft skills that prepare them for new roles. Learners interested in professional development can expand their knowledge with online courses delivered through edX.

What is professional development?

Professional development refers to an array of specialized training, formal education, or advanced professional learning that improves skills, professional knowledge, competency, and overall effectiveness in the professional world. Individuals on a management track may seek out leadership development programs that enhance their abilities to support workers and effectively operate teams. For those who don’t want to be the boss, professional development programs can foster creative development or help satisfy performance development goals as part of a larger professional or personal development plan.

Many employers require continuing professional development, or CPD, to ensure that their workers stay up to date on the latest industry trends and tools and to determine when employees are ready for a promotion. The process can include tracking the skills, knowledge, and experience gained while working, and documenting how that knowledge is applied throughout their career.

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How to learn about professional development online

The right online professional development course will depend on a learner’s career and level within their workplace. From tutorials to advanced courses, edX offers a variety of educational opportunities that can fit different learners’ needs, depending on their desired time commitment and schedule. 

Courses can cover topics that are applicable to nearly every field, such as how to communicate and collaborate with colleagues, how to approach complex workplace problems using problem-solving frameworks, and how to apply design thinking principles. They could be more geared toward individuals seeking leadership positions, covering how to lead with effective communication or how to be an inclusive leader. Or they may be specifically focused on building skills in a particular industry like marketing or finance. 

Engaging in professional development can positively impact any job, across all industries.

Careers in professional development

Professionals can use training for their own advancement or they can become experts in the field, helping others advance in their careers. A background in professional development can lead a learner to an exciting career as a professional development specialist or career coach. Explore how you can benefit from professional development courses delivered through edX and begin your educational journey today.

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