Courses And Outside Activities

Courses And Outside Activities

Courses and outside activities

As with publications, the value of training and development programs depends on several aspects, in particular the requirements of the participants and the quality of the tutors and materials involved.

Many organizations arrange their own training and development programs and some business sectors are particularly adept at covering a wide range of topics extremely successfully. For example, managers from several different areas within the NHS have mentioned the availability of in-house courses such as Developing' Change Resources, Accelerated Development Program, Leading Change in the Public Sector, Training for Trainers, Course for Experienced Personnel Officers and whole host of alternative internal activities which are aimed at encouraging team working, personal effectiveness and other management skills. The NHS also run a number of women-only initiatives.

Other activities or areas of training, perhaps not directly a part of the job, might also be applicable and may perhaps contribute to the confidence-building exercise. Managers' original disciplines, even if not wholly relevant now, sometimes comprise elements which are applicable to current jobs. This is often where outside interests often come in useful. One manager speaks of her training in bereavement counselling. 'Alongside my, job I work with the dying and bereaved in a hospice - some real transferable life skills here!' On another level, image consultants have been particularly helpful to those of us who are not innately chic to knock our wardrobes into some semblance of order and suitability - so that we may feel confident that what we wear at work reflects a mixture of our personality and capability.

Women are capable of making the same impact at work as men. However, women need to be confident of their abilities, assured in their methods of making sure they are heard and noticed and dogged in their efforts to push themselves forward. 'Women need to prepare themselves thoroughly to be taken seriously and that means dress, speech, etc as well as skills and knowledge. They must invest time and money to broaden their horizons. I'm always saddened when I hear women say they can't or won't spend money on training and development and their wardrobes'.

It is clear that help, support and encouragement for women in pursuit of their career goals can come from a wide range of sources, not necessarily just from other women. Most would welcome greater interaction with the women who have reached the top - so that they can gain confidence by their example and believe that they are capable of similar achievements, and that it is worth aiming for. This issue emerged as one of the most heartfelt and pressing as far as women managers are concerned.


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