Experiencing a career leap requires a conscious investment in career development. In the words of A.P.J Abdul Kalam, an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007, “Climbing to the top demands strength, whether to the top of mount Everest or to the top of your career.” Investing in personal development, especially as far as your career is concerned, will yield tremendous benefits, some of which I have highlighted in this article.

It increases your knowledge

Investment in career development will increase your knowledge in the particular areas where you need to grow. Having the right knowledge helps you make decisions from an informed position. You can acquire knowledge by attending seminars, workshops, conferences and taking relevant courses that will equip you to recognise and seize opportunities. Relevant knowledge can transform your life in ways you have never imagined.

It broadens your horizon

Investing in your personal and professional development is investing in your future. Ever wondered how a researcher and scientist like Abdul Kalam could venture into politics and make a difference? It’s because despite the fact that he was a scientist; he made out time to develop himself in other areas. He acquired knowledge in the field of politics and other areas of relevance, which aided him when he later became the president of India. Whether you’re a job seeker or a career person who wants to change jobs, your personal development is a major key that will determine how you handle opportunities in the future.

It positions you as the right candidate for the job

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There is a proper candidate for every line of work; and being “the right candidate” does not happen overnight but by investment in oneself. When you take time to invest in developing yourself, opportunities will seek you out. Job offers will come to you through referrals from friends, colleagues and job boards that know you are qualified for the desired position.

It expands your sphere of influence

Career development enhances your problem solving skills and this in turn enlarges your sphere of influence. You develop the capacity to resolve issues that others find difficult. This raises your value and increases your influence regardless of your position in your organisation.

It brings about promotion

Promotion comes as a result of hard work, diligence and self development. Investment in career development will enable you to rise above routine performance. This positions you to rise on the corporate ladder.

It increases your income

Everyone loves to have increased income but not many people are willing to pay the price of personal development that will bring that about. Real income is often associated with the quality of ideas that you generate, and this can only come with investment in self development. Benjamin Franklin said it well: “Investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”