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There are various career improvement for any career builder to improve his or her skills and increase personal knowledge in order to bridge the gaps and meet their own career development goals. Here we run through some of the more popular learning and development techniques which might be at your disposal.


There are a huge variety of training solutions on offer; this may be an in-house course, external seminar, professional qualification, on the job training, or, increasingly, a tailored or even 1:1 training session designed by your training department. Training works best if you have clearly defined training needs and goals for what you want to learn, and the training course is selected or designed to meet those needs as closely as possible. A scattergun approach to training –for instance going on as many courses as you can, relevant or not, to make your CV look better– won’t actually work.


A secondment is when you temporarily transfer to another department or division, or, sometimes, when your employer loans you to another organisation, to perform a specific role. Secondments vary in length, but typically would last for a few months. A secondment is a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to different experiences and facets of your organisation, and many employers recognise this with policies on secondments.

Work shadowing/providing cover

Variations on this type of development opportunity are work shadowing, where you are following and observing rather than fully participating in a role. Also be on the lookout for opportunities to develop your skills by offering to cover for colleagues who are absent, on holiday, or on leave – for example “acting up” into the more senior role of a colleague on maternity leave for a few months gives you an excellent chance to perform at a higher level and learn on the job.


Mentoring is a relationship with a more senior and experienced colleague (not usually a line manager) who provides regular guidance, support and encouragement. The mentor is something of a role model, and a rapport often develops between mentor and mentee. The benefits of mentoring for the mentee can include improved self-confidence, broadened experience, and increased motivation and aspirations.


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Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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