By Kim Rawlings

Many of us have a love/hate relationship with training. We know it’s beneficial, and often necessary to maintain regulatory compliance. There is no doubt, most of us are imagining the pile of work growing larger while we focus our time on training. But it’s not all bad — in fact, when it’s over, we often realize we enjoyed it!

While we have to make time for mandated training, we have less time for voluntary development activities. For example:

· That public speaking course you have always wanted to take

· The conflict management course you believe will be helpful in your position

· Other areas in your professional life in which you are feeling “stuck” and would like to have an opportunity for self-exploration and growth

As we are all adjusting to the new normal of social distancing and self-quarantine, it may be a good time to work on strengthening skill development. The world outside may be chaotic, but we all have the power to control our own path. Now is the perfect time to look inward and ask yourself how to make the most of this experience and come out of it stronger! There are several ways to do this and many platforms to use.

Technical skill development: It is never too late to learn (or improve upon) a skill. Perhaps you are looking to learn about Excel or PowerPoint. You may be interested in improving your typing speed. Performing any job requires the use of multiple skill sets and there is always room for improvement.

Soft skill development: Soft skills characterize how a person interacts and communicates in his or her relationships with others. These skills are transferable from position to position and employer to employer. Do you feel your time management or communication skills could be improved upon? Fortunately, these skills are teachable!

Resources:

Udemy – search for a topic in the search bar, click “All Filters,” check the “Free” box, and click on “Apply”

Alison – search for a topic in the search bar

Harvard free course catalog – search for a topic in the search bar

Coursera – search for a topic in the search bar

YouTube – search for a topic in the search bar

If you are an employee of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, you also have access to other tools to assist you in your professional and career development. Contact the Training and Development Department krawlings@lfsva.org for more information.