Make Training Your New Year’s Resolution

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Make Training Your New Year’s Resolution

Thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Make sure you add “Take a training course” to your list of things to do in 2014.

Why Commit To Training?

Taking the time to complete a course, webinar, or in-person training session may sometimes feel like a luxury. You’re busy, trying to keep up with your tasks at work and home, and professional development is something you’ll do when you have the time. Well, to quote Georgia Byng, “There’s no time like the present.” Adding training to your 2014 resolutions means you are committing to growing your professional skills – it means you are committed to investing in yourself and your future.

Resolving yourself to becoming better at what you do is important. Being complacent with your current skill set, or your current position, only works if nothing around you ever changed – if no new technology was invented, if coding never evolved, if your competition was stagnant. One immutable truth in life is that change is constant – you can ignore it and fall behind, or you can embrace it and commit to keeping up.

You’ve Committed …Now What?

You’ve just added training to your list of New Year’s resolutions – well done! So, now what do you do?

First, do your research. Consider your current situation:

  • What skills do you lack?
  • Are there skills that you need to grow?
  • Do you have skills that are a bit rusty from non-use?
  • Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn to do, but haven’t made the time to study?

Once you’ve decided on what you need to learn, start checking out your training options.

  • Who offers training in the subject you want to study?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Would your employer pay your training fees?
  • Do any of your coworkers need to bolster their development?
  • Is there a project your team is struggling, due to lack of technical know-how, to successfully complete?
  • Would group training on a specific subject make sense?

We offer a variety of courses that can be customized, at no additional fee, to fit your team’s needs.

Next, create a plan. Determine when the training is offered, if a schedule is available, and whether it works in your schedule.

  • If necessary, present your plan to your boss for approval.
  • As a courtesy, send your boss a calendar reminder of your training dates.
  • Schedule coverage in the office, if necessary and/or possible, to make sure you can give your training course your full attention.

If you need to travel to the training location, make sure to coordinate travel plans and training registration – don’t wait until the last minute. If your team will complete the training together, our trainers are able to travel to your location – no need to send team members off-site.

Finally, don’t forget to register for the training session. All of the research and planning you’ve done won’t be fruitful unless you follow through with registration. Don’t tell yourself, “Great; I have the information and approval from my boss – I’ll just register later.” Do it immediately. Remember, you have a New Year’s resolution to commit to training in 2014 – don’t lose steam halfway through the process. Contact us today to discuss the options available and to schedule your team’s training – (877) 629-5631 or

Once you’ve got the dates on your calendar and the money has been paid, congratulations – you have committed to training in 2014. You have committed yourself to developing and improving your skills, and staying current on technology necessary to do your job well.