Poll: Do You Get Professional Development Opportunities?
Most Are Getting Professional Development Opportunities
Three of our four annual salary surveys have been published in 2019! A common theme we’ve seen is the value industry pros put on professional development opportunities, especially within the service department. So we were curious to hear how recently your own company has invested in you. We had a solid turnout of 6,228 votes this month!
The majority have received some professional development opportunities in the last 4 years – 36% in the past year and 31% within the past 2-4 years. However, the remaining third of respondents have bad sadly neglected. 16% haven’t had any options in five or more years, which means they are missing out on new developments. Another 14% have never had the chance to take classes or increase their certs through their companies and they wish the did have the opportunity. Only 2% said they don’t care that they’ve never had the option and just 1% said they were offered the chance but didn’t take it.
Here are the full results:
- Within the past year (36%, 2,269 Votes)
- Within the past 2-4 years (31%, 1,930 Votes)
- 5+ years ago (16%, 992 Votes)
- Never but I wish they did (14%, 867 Votes)
- Never but I don’t care (2%, 102 Votes)
- They’ve offered but I didn’t participate (1%, 68 Votes)
Total Voters: 6,228 (August 1, 2019 @ 6:12 pm - September 1, 2019 @ 9:01 pm)
Some comments from y’all:
- “I have been a top level technician for close to a decade now. Since I have been at the top of the stats they do not offer any training nor skills advancement. I have been told by this employer and two other prospective employers that if they help me attain higher levels they would have to increase my pay scale, and that does not serve them well. What they fail to see is that I am actively seeking employment and my dedication is now gone.”
- “They always offer these opportunities. That’s why I will work with this company until I die or retire – whichever comes first.”
- “My company doesn’t offer a career path or promote internal advancement. They hire people with the skills for a specific job and that’s it.”
- “Can’t recall them ever offering any opportunities – or raises for that matter. Though they sure seem to do well for themselves, I don’t feel appreciated.”
- “They do things like that for sales but us technicians are usually left out in the cold.”
- “We’re offered opportunities to go to CDA and manufacturers’ conferences. We also have a tuition reimbursement program. But we do not have formal, on-going PDE opportunities.”
- “My company offers opportunities on both the semiannual and yearly review and at any time in which an employee wants to make a change within the organization.”
- “Do you mean training on new products? I guess you can call that professional development.”