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Start a Career in Learning & Development

Free guide for beginners

4. Next Steps

Great! What’s next?

Now that you know where you are in relation to the various L&D roles let's come up with a game plan.

Development Plan

Think about everything you've learned about yourself - your strengths and development areas. Consider what feedback you have received in the past from your manager, peers, colleagues and team members:

  • How can the feedback you receive help you in your chosen L&D role?

  • What do you plan to do to sustain/improve the feedback in the future?

  • How will you know you have been successful?

  • What support and/or resources will you need to sustain and improve this feedback in the future?

Use one of our FREE Personal Development Plan templates to plan your next steps. 

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Practice

Volunteer to create and deliver training relevant for your team. Ask around what people would like to learn, and then prepare a short session on the topic. Discover what are out the main adult learning principles and apply them to your design. Collect feedback at the end to know how you did and what you can improve in the future.

Design a course and share it with experts to get their feedback. There are lots of professionals who would love to give you feedback, ourselves included. Head over to our private community on LinkedIn and ask away!

Record and upload a training video and ask for feedback. Explainer videos are super popular because they are short and to the point. Consider a topic you know a lot about and prepare a 3 to 5-minute video on it. Upload it publicly, send it to a friend or ask an expert for advice - all of these will give you tips for improvement. 

Look for support

Look for a mentor. A mentor can help you understand the broader context and introduce you to their network of people. A mentor is someone who's been there, done that and came back to tell the stories. 

Find a career coach. A career coach can help you discover your strengths, development areas, desired role and the best action plan for you. 

Useful resources for Learning & Development

Discover relevant periodic publications - both print and online. You can start with some of our suggestions:

We also post regular tips and helpful materials on our blog. 

Find what contemporary research is telling us about the current state of each role or the L&D profession in general. You can start here: 

Become a member of a professional organization or a chartered institute. The most popular ones are: