Before you take that new position, be sure you know how your new employer will help you develop professionally. Since a growing number of candidates, like you, fully expect to get training on the job, it’s important to find out up front what professional training the company offers and how they approach ongoing education… before you sign on the dotted line.
If the company has a serious commitment to professional development, your interviewer may bring up the topic as a perk of your employment. If they don’t, you should be prepared to broach the subject.
Keep it positive and demonstrate your desire to make a difference within the organization. Let them know that you see ongoing education and professional development as tools you want to take advantage of – both in order to further your career, and make the maximum contribution possible to the success of the business. Keep in mind that ongoing education can take many forms, so ask for specifics.
The answers to these questions can help determine whether the offer before you matches your long-term career objectives. You need to be realistic. However, your career development path can be every bit as important as initial pay scale and title when you consider your opportunities for advancement within the company, as well as the professional field of your choice.