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As a leader, it’s up to you to communicate the importance of pursuing continued professional development throughout their careers — especially if you’re a part of a highly specialized field or industry. However, the topic of professional development is extensive and frequently updated with new research, which could make it more difficult for you to relay the most important information to your employees.

Here are some important key points to touch upon in a presentation about the importance of professional development:

Professionals need more than just a degree

While completing the education necessary to enter your desired field is crucial, it’s not necessarily enough to guarantee your advancement. Continuing your professional development can help you achieve that feat by keeping you up to date on all of the developments and current standards within your field, giving you a leg up on competition for raises and promotions.

Professionals need to be effective

In order to maintain workplace productivity and make meaningful contributions to your team, you absolutely must continue to practice and develop your workplace skills. While it’s easy to assume that productivity means staying on task and meeting deadlines, that is not entirely true.

Being productive in the workplace could encompass any number of things — from helping your team overcome a major obstacle to helping a new hire navigate the office culture. Continued professional development will teach employees these interpersonal skills and more, equipping them with the tools to be helpful and effective in any situation.

Professionals need to step outside of their comfort zones

Although experience is highly valuable, it can lead to employee stagnation because they only perform the tasks they have experience with. Continued professional development will counteract all urges to remain in one’s comfort zone by opening employees up to new tasks, new knowledge and, subsequently, new career possibilities.

Professionals should feel secure in their jobs

After the Great Recession, some professionals may still feel insecure in their positions and state of employment, fostering the intense competitiveness some professions and specialties have come to know. However, continued professional development could easily contribute to employees’ job security, quality of life, and so on.