It is not often that I offer career advice, but I am today. Within some industries, competition to hire the best talent often comes down to the working environment and the benefits package. However the benefit in the package I’m talking about is not usually talked about much beyond a statement like, “we offer our employees training.”
Yet as most training professionals will tell you, there is good training and there is poor training. Companies that are not able to provide solid learning environments that create skills, and enable careers are really only providing window dressing. If they can’t provide really good training, I suggest you look at your options and work for companies that can provide you better.
In a previous blog I referred to Façade Training as a technique of making it look like we provide more than we do. Many companies work harder at their window displays and on reinforcing their own belief system that they are the best than providing real learning.
The next time you interview for a job, and they ask you if there is anyone else you would like to meet to help you make a decision to join their company, surprise everyone by asking to talk with the training manager. Learn how training is developed, and how it will not only support your learning goals, but how it will support your staff. If your team cannot perform well, no one wins. If training is not up to the task, you are most likely going to struggle more than necessary to make your goals too.
The next job offer should include, compensation and benefits plus a thorough understanding of the level of quality their training department provides.