UK: IM SOUNDING BOARD - IT'S TIME TO LEARN TO HELP YOURSELF.

UK: IM SOUNDING BOARD - IT'S TIME TO LEARN TO HELP YOURSELF. - Much of what I was brought up to believe in my formative years - the concept of the job for life and the notion that one key qualification would stand you in good stead for future employment

by Roger Young, Director general of the Institute ofManagement.

Much of what I was brought up to believe in my formative years - the concept of the job for life and the notion that one key qualification would stand you in good stead for future employment - has been consigned to the history books.

As organisations have delayered and restructured, individuals can no longer rely on employment with one company for their entire working lives. Careers will inevitably include periods of unemployment in between periods of stable employment, self-employment and self-development. To survive in today's changing employment market, individuals have to maintain their employability.

Training and development needs to be a lifelong process. Individuals wishing to ensure their employability no longer have the option of sitting on their laurels, counting on the value of the degree or professional qualification they obtained at the outset of their careers. The key to success is continuing professional development (CPD)and those who fail to act and react will only have themselves to blame. Now is the time for those who care about their future employment to do something about it and help themselves.

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