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Being bold with CIH


Professionalism in housing and continuing to build knowledge, skills and behaviours is an important part of being a housing professional. This Learning at Work Week, we’re celebrating with lots of discussions about training and development, as well as lots of blogs from across the sector about why continuing to learn is exceptionally important. In this blog, Laura Breeze, housing officer from Linstone Housing tells us all about being bold.

Recently, CIH offered members the chance to take part in the Be Bold in Your Career course for free which was an opportunity not to be missed!

I made the decision to sign up for the course because as professionals, we don’t always take the time to step back and work on our careers. I recognised that this was a chance for me to think back to where I started and what I had achieved, but also look forward and think about where I would like to see my career go in the future.

The course, which started on 27 April, began with an introductory week and live webinars. The structure and what will be expected from participants was clearly set out from the beginning. It became clear it wasn’t going to be overly time consuming so knew I’d be able to fit this work around my day.

The course focuses on your career so far, what is your career story, who and what influences you, building a network, how to move forward and keeping on track. This type of learning, and reflective thinking will slot into any career, even if you do not wish to move on or change but simply to become the best version of your professional self.

Although I am only entering my fourth week of the Be Bold course, it has already made me stop and think about my aspirations, what I thought I wanted and how I thought I would achieve these goals. The introductory week is key to looking at yourself, giving yourself the recognition that you deserve as most of us overlook achievements and get on with the day to day duties.

Personally, I always thought I knew what I wanted from my career but so far Be Bold has opened my mind to different aspects and routes to achieve various goals. I would highly recommend this course to others, in any sector, as it will benefit anyone to stop, think and plan.

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