Written by Simon Houlding, Vice-President of Professional Development for InfoMine Inc, lifelong learning is an accepted feature of a mining career in today’s world. Long gone are the days when an initial degree was all the qualification you needed to set yourself up for life. Whether you are working towards your CPD (Continuing Professional Development) requirement, or preparing yourself for promotion, or cross-training for a career change, or simply learning a new technology or skill to remain competitive, lifelong learning in the form of professional development is now a fact of life.
Professional development may be self-directed and focused on the courses and other activities that meet your career objectives, or it may be part of a corporate training program. Most professional associations now have an annual CPD requirement for their members. These typically distinguish between “soft” professional development, such as attendance at a conference, and “hard” professional development such as completion of a course with confirmation of learning objectives.