“Leap into your next experience this year” says Karen Waite, founder and owner of Leap Like a Salmon, a dynamic website and portfolio that manages your Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

“We have a full additional day that we didn’t have last year, or the year before for that matter – and we’re encouraging people not to let this go unnoticed and to really think about how they can undertake an activity to extend their comfort zones and develop their skills, knowledge and experiences”, says Karen.

As an expert in career management and CPD, Karen is enthusiastic about creating opportunities that not only benefit the individual, but also add something to the world in whatever seemingly small way.  “Many people think that CPD is just about attending work-based training courses or keeping up to date with the latest thinking for their profession, but it’s so much more than that.  Often, taking a small step into the unknown, whether it’s taking on a new project, volunteering outside of the day-job or making the effort to do something you haven’t done before will ultimately result in a big leap in terms of perspective, opportunity and confidence – impacting on career and broader life in surprising ways.”

“We are really encouraging our team, contacts and members who use the Leap Like a Salmon portal to use the extra day this year to put this into practice.  This can be banked for any day of the year, and one of the team is breaking this down into 24 single hours to focus her mind throughout the year.”

So what is Karen doing to put this into practice herself?  “After a lot of thought I have decided to spend my day with a local charity for the under privileged. This will give me the opportunity to work with individuals who are under privileged to understand their situation, use my own skills and experience to work with them and support their development.”

Karen’s website encourages you to challenge yourself and reflect on your learning.  Click on our blog to tell us what you are doing.

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