To manage your career and for insight into your skills, CareerPlus can help you reach further.
This online tool sits alongside your CPD record to assess your IT and business skills.
Why use it:
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Just email CPD215 to email@example.com to activate your free membership.Email CPD215 to firstname.lastname@example.org to activate your free membership.
CPD or building your skills is not a reactionary process in response to a promotion or new role; it should be ongoing and thought out. In doing so, your performance in your current role will improve and make you more attractive for your new role or promotion. CPD benefits include:
Improves your employability and helps you advance in your career.
Builds skills required to work with better employers and better projects.
Improves your professional credibility, confidence and job-satisfaction.
Builds your professional network with others – online and at conferences, training and events.
Employers too can benefit from the availability of a clearly-defined, structured and progressive framework for both measuring and encouraging the professional development of those performing IT and IT management roles, both within their organisations and throughout the economy generally.
Improves staff performance by fostering the continuous building of skills and abilities.
A robust professional development structure can be an attractive feature of potential new hires.
Improves staff morale, retention and company image, and exposes staff to industry best practices.
When linked to performance appraisals, CPD can help employees focus their achievements.
IT professionals play an increasingly critical role at all levels in organisations of every type and size. It is important that their contribution and development is recognised and valued.
An abundance of well trained, experienced and competent professionals enhances the status of the ICT profession.
Progressive CPD promotes research and evidence-based practice increasing professional recognition.
CPD provides stakeholders with evidence of the professions commitment to a high quality service.
Information Technology accounts for one-third of Ireland's exports by value and one-quarter of the economy by turnover.
SOURCE: CEPIS Survey of Professional e-Competence in Europe: Ireland Report
of IT managers have a
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of Irish exports
additional professionals needed by 2018
CPD is a unique journey for each professional – the skills and methods you develop and apply will evolve as your career does. As you grow in experience and expertise, you may focus on some CPD weightings more than others.
An IT student will typically allocate most of their time and effort to formal education and study. As you can see in the example below, some 80% of the individual effort is allocated to formal CPD.
An IT professional may allocate more of their time to on-the-job development and less to formal learning. Attending conferences and other events will further boost their non-formal CPD points.
An IT leader may decide to give back to the community or mentor junior professionals. They may also return to formal learning by pursuing a leadership development programme.
As an ICT professional, it is your responsibility to keep your knowledge and competence up to date. In turn, CPD helps you to develop your skills and achieve your career goals.
Why record your CPD:
Recording your CPD:
As you record each new CPD entry, you will see your total CPD points grow.Login to start your CPD record here