I wrote a blog post last year about CPD, or Continuing Professional Development. As I mentioned before, CPD is a systematic way of keeping your professional knowledge and skills up to date, increasing your expertise, planning your career development and putting learning into practice throughout your working life.
As a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, I am expected to set my own professional objectives at the start of each year and evaluate these at the end of the year. To help me do so, I keep a regular record of any CPD activities I carry out using the form provided by the IoL.
CPD can be any number of things. One activity that constitutes CPD is reading publications related to you specialism. This is something I am able to do regularly with the Linguist Magazine. For those of you that don't know, The Linguist is the official bimonthly magazine from the Chartered Institute of Linguists. It includes news about the Institute and is filled with articles, reviews and opinions on translation, interpreting and languages. It also features job ads for linguists, information on CIOL events and websites that may be of interest to professional linguists.
The April/May 2012 issue (which I'm currently reading!) includes all sorts of interesting articles covering subjects such as the year abroad, the Speak to the Future campaign to encourage students to study languages, the language challenges faced by the UK as it gears up to host the London 2012 Games, the results of the ITI/CIOL rates survey for translators and interpreters, careers in international sales, marketing and PR for linguists, translating the Taming of the Shrew into Urdu, going multilingual in business, using social media to boost your career (a great article by Marta Stelmaszak - I recommend following her on Twitter if you don't already @mstelmaszak), public service interpreting in Poland, and many more!
The Linguist is free to all CIOL members but it is also available to non-members on subscription.
Want to add to your CPD record? I highly recommend The Linguist!