Training is defined as acquiring the skill, knowledge, or experience on a specific topic. Many times, an employer requires a set number of training hours which the employee is to acquire in a set amount of time. These trainings are usually expected to be on a topic that is parallel to the employee’s job description, which in turn enhances an employee’s skills, knowledge, or experience.
For licensed child care providers, there is a required amount of hours to be completed regularly. Some trainings are specific, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome, but many are at the discretion of the individual. With that said, there are some questions that you should consider:
- How did you choose the training?
- What are you getting out of your training at the end, other than the required number of hours?
- Are you utilizing the information afterwards?
Many of us know that sometimes a training is chosen based on the busy schedules of our lives. The hours need to be completed and the training fits our schedule. If this is your response, how do you react to the topic? Do you ask yourself what you will take away from it? There should be some benefit to the time you are investing into yourself.
You’ve registered. You’re committed. But are you excited about what you will be learning? If you are participating because the topic sounds interesting or relevant to your work or life, that is great. It’s a benefit both for you and fills the requirements for your program.
But maybe you aren’t excited about the topic. You will attend and receive credit for completing the training, but how do you feel about the time you were there? Your time is valuable and therefore, the information you take with you should be valuable as well.
Before you arrive, think about the topic and the description of the training. Make a list of ideas that you think will be discussed, what you might learn from this training, and what you would like to know about the topic. This allows your mind to invest in what you are about to do and learn. This also affords you the opportunity to ask questions during the training. When you arrive, take notes, participate in the activities, and ask questions. Think about how this topic could fit in to your program, home, or classroom.
Asking questions during the training is a benefit for you, the trainer, and even other participants. There may be someone who has the same question and is afraid to ask or didn’t think to ask. The trainer may welcome the questions to expand on that specific area that you would like more information on. There also may be future trainings that the trainer will recommend that are similar which leads to more opportunities for hours and knowledge for the participants.
In the end, the goal for a training should be to connect with the topic, utilize the information, and expand your skill, knowledge, and experience.
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