Progressing in my career

In this rapidly changing world of work it is vital to engage in ongoing professional development after you have completed your degree.

What is professional development?

The ongoing acquisition of knowledge or skills throughout life. Once you are qualified for a profession you may need to complete a certain number of hours of continuing professional development to keep your skills up to date. It can happen formally or informally, via education, training, work and general life experiences.

Why should I do it?

  • To upgrade and stay current with the professional skills and knowledge required to operate successfully in your career.
  • To ensure you remain employable!
  • In a knowledge-based economy where change is driven by rapid developments in Information and Communication Technologies, ongoing or lifelong learning is essential to any career management plan.

How can I do it?

  • Complete single units of study or faculty-specific professional development courses. For more information, visit our Continuing professional development (CPD) page.
  • Join the Professional Association attached to your industry. Many hold professional development events and conferences where latest trends and best practice are shared. Some also produce publications to help keep members' knowledge current.
  • Engage a mentor.
  • Attend short courses or complete postgraduate studies in line with your career goals.
  • The University of Sydney AlumniOnline offers a great way to network with other graduates of the university working in various industries.