Training Alternatives to Accomplish Career Developmental Goals


Some people think of career development as formal training provided in a classroom. However, there are many ways to learn and develop. Here are some alternatives to training that you can use to accomplish your Personal Careers Developmental Goals.

On-the-Job Learning

Studies suggest that 70 percent of learning happens while an employee is performing his or her job. Learning occurs every time you take on a new challenge or encounter a new situation at work. If you know the goals you are trying to accomplish, you can actively seek new ways to learn that will get you closer to achieving those goals. Here are a few examples of on-the-job learning:

  • Challenging projects
  • Rotational assignments
  • Stretch assignments (i.e., a task that is beyond your current knowledge or skill level to help “stretch” you developmentally)

Learning from Others

Whenever you get feedback from a peer or meet with a mentor or trusted advisor, you are experiencing valuable learning that can help you achieve your career goals. Here are a few ways you can learn from others:

  • 360-degree feedback/peer feedback
  • Mentorship
  • Team projects
  • Direct reports and peers
  • Job shadowing
  • Coaching
  • Networking

Learning through Education

Formal learning is another way to gain the knowledge and skills that can help you reach your career goals. These learning opportunities are usually focused on specific topics with well-defined learning objectives (or objectives for what you will be able to do afterward). The following are some examples of learning through education:

  • Assessments
  • Targeted training
  • Continued education
  • Industry groups
  • Reading and research
  • Communities of practice

Now that your are familiar with alternative training options you can add to your PCDP