Poll: For those who don't undertake CPD (Continuing Professional Development), why not?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "For those who don't undertake CPD (Continuing Professional Development), why not?".

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Simply ..... Feb 2, 2014

lack of time

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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I see CPD Feb 2, 2014

As not simply Continuing Professional Development but also as Continuing Personal Development. After all, your dedication as a professional is an extension of your persona and reflects what you are deep down inside, don't you think?

Must have had too much saké already. Hic!

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[Edited at 2014-02-03 08:16 GMT]


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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
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Lack of time Feb 2, 2014

I just work too much. Of course I guess CPD is also a result of the actual hours you spend doing the job, so in that sense I do develop professionally, and continually.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other - A few of the above Feb 2, 2014

Apart from the fact that I slightly resent the implication that I (or my output) need improving, I don't see the value of it. I think I do most of my learning on the job, and although “I already have all the skills I need” sounds rather presumptuous, I think I manage quite well on those I do have as far is work is concerned.

True, I would like to be able to work better with Excel files and I really should get round to exploiting Wordfast more than I do, but then another hardy perennial crops up, the time factor. I'm usually too busy working to do things like this, although last year 2012-2013 I took some time out for driving lessons to get my Spanish licence, so obviously when push comes to shove I can grudgingly give up some of the time I dedicate to translating.

Perhaps I will have to spend some time learning to deal with more recent versions of MS Office once the support for XP is no longer available (thanks again for nothing, Mr Gates)... But it will not be through choice.


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Jean NICOLET  Identity Verified
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I do - CPD is a lottery Feb 2, 2014

Well, I am not seasoned enough to overlook some training times to times =)

In my opinion, CPD, or whatever you name it, is often dull and a waste of time, but sometimes you find a valuable pearl that was worth the whole efforts.
Sure, practice makes perfect and remains the best way to improve oneself. Yet, it does not provide the nose-out-of-the-grindstone thinking that enables you to implement radical changes.


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Teresa Borges
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Lack of time! Feb 2, 2014

But everyday I learn something new. Like most things, translation takes practice and practice and more practice...

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Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
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I've never really thought about it but... Feb 2, 2014

I'd be interested to see the discussion resulting from a poll phrased to elicit views on the most useful CPD activities fellow-professionals have undertaken.

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564354352  Identity Verified
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Other - location, location, location - and lack of options Feb 2, 2014

I would love to undertake some additional training, you never stop learning in our profession, I think.

However, I am not prepared to rip an entire day out of my calendar for a half-day course, for instance, which I would have to do due to my location. Nor am I willing to spend loads of money to travel outside Denmark to attend more interesting courses than what I see available here. Most options I have seen advertised in Denmark are hopelessly outdated or irrelevant to my particular line of work and interests.

So, I do continually develop professionally, but it is on-the-job DIY training as and when I need to learn something new.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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'Do it yourself' and maybe a little haphazard Feb 2, 2014

Gitte Hovedskov, MCIL wrote:
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I do continually develop professionally, but it is on-the-job DIY training as and when I need to learn something new.


Much the same here.

I do make the effort to buy books and read at least a few chapters, and when I read up on background for a job, I do it as extensively as possible.
Usually there is not enough time for much extra study before the deadline, so I do the reading after the event, but in fact it still proves very useful.

I get runs of jobs in similar subject areas. At one time an agency was working on a big project in diabetes and the cardiovascular system, and lately there has been more cardiology.

I have collected a lot of diplomas and certificates along the way, many well worth the effort, but as Gitte says, time and the cost of travel have to be taken into consideration.
A well-organised course and a good teacher are great advantages. However, my school biology teacher once told us it was all wasted if we did not make the effort ourselves and 'learn how to learn'.
She was one of the best of them all!


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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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I absolutely agree with you, Julian. Feb 2, 2014

Julian Holmes wrote:

As not simply Continuing Professional Development but also as Continuing Personal Development. After all, your dedication as a professional is an extension of your persona and reflects what you are deep down inside, don't you think?

Must have had too much saké already. Hic!

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[Edited at 2014-02-02 13:52 GMT]


You keep learning new things your whole life, because something simply makes you learn them and pursue new theories: just because you could not do otherwise.


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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Courses Feb 2, 2014

CPD assumes that learning - or "development" from a predetermined starting point - is something measurable. This is a rather narrow view.

Interest in, and natural curiosity about, many things will inevitably result in personal development and the enhancement of the depth and breadth of one's skill in one's profession.
Focussed attention to these matters will reinforce and consolidate development, whether or not it can be officially labelled "CPD".

Think about it: If you're like me, you don't have a single certificate which attests to the fact that you know your way around various software programs, but quite plainly, you "qualify" - and may well do much better than someone with a bunch of certificates if put to the test.


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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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... Feb 2, 2014

I decided to go back to the university to get my degree in business administration (I gradate in three months!) and I'm trying to learn more about website and app design.

Even though it directly relates to my translation work, I see it all as personal development.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I taught translation for 14 years Feb 3, 2014

I've been translating for more than 35 years. I learn something new with every job I do. Experience has been my teacher and always will be.

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