One consequence of the increasing pace of development and change in todays industrial and commercial world is the decreasing
shelf-life of individual professional expertise. If they are to
avoid reaching their professional sell-by date prematurely,
individuals thus need to keep abreast of the latest technology and
business practices. Whatever their disciplines, professionals in
the minerals industry are no exception to this.
Your career is likely to be
determined by your job performance, your decisions and your action.
There is always an element of opportunity in career development,
i.e. being in the right place at the right time for the right job.
Planning and personal initiative, however, can play a major part
in creating opportunities for development and advancement. In other
words, pro-action can be more effective than reaction
PD may be pursued by undertaking
or participating in:
e.g. higher degrees by coursework and/or research studies.
e.g. courses provided by universities, further education colleges
and professional bodies.
organised by the IoM3 and other professional institutions or bodies,
universities, colleges, employers and other short-course providers.
Conferences and Symposiaorganised by the IoM3 and
other professional institutions or bodies, trade associations and
other industry related bodies.
Private Study/Self-Directed Learning
e.g. learning foreign languages, developing new workplace skills
and reading publications and learned articles for purposes of enhancing
particular skills and competencies.
e.g. the preparation of papers and/or articles that are accepted
for presentation at conferences and seminars or for publication
in learned society journals.
e.g. within the IoM3 or other professional institutions etc.