Corporate training is one of the fastest growing occupations today as different career paths are crowded with many qualified people are fighting the war of success initially and then move towards excellence. There are people who would choose training as their profession after spending years into other domains. They may face some situations where they find it difficult to be hired even into an entry level position. Things start falling into place slowly as they gain experience and spread across their vision into their industry.
New entrants into training usually do not carry any experience in training domain and give a straight forward reply as “no” when asked about their experience. When the same people are asked thought provoking questions, the same people actually realize that have actually done some training. It might be like training their children in learning simple chores at home or training their staff with different work procedures or training their juniors in different kinds of sports back in school or college. The same person will possess good communication skills; interpersonal skills and will be genuinely interested in helping someone to accomplish his/her goal. Some other qualities that will be slowly picked up by a trainer through experience are asking the right questions and most important they eagerly listen.
It is highly important for entry level trainer s to understand the difference between some basic differences between a trainer, coach, mentor and a consultant. The basic differences are mentioned below:
- Consultant– Directive and providing the answers. This is essentially an outsource of the expertise to the manager
- Trainer – Dealing with a skills gap. Knowledge and skill transfer from the trainer to the participant/trainee. A trainer has a set session plan and content to deliver with some testing methods to check the changes in knowledge, skills and behaviors.
- Facilitator – Does not determine any outcome, but sets an interactive and engaging environment where the learning happens within participants and guides through the session.
- Mentor – Imparts relevant experience and acts as a guide.
- Coach – Asks questions to raise awareness. This is goal specific and future focused.
Below are some important steps that people should take before starting a career as a corporate trainer:
Stay updated with market trends: This happens through sharing knowledge about different changes taking place in the industry like technological advancements, new trends, pre and post tests and certifications. Continuous reading and seeking information from all sources available. Thanks to the advancements on the internet and mobile applications that cater to different fields.
Finding a mentor: Finding someone that has the skills and let them know your passion to change your career who can correct you during deviations. Often, seasoned facilitators will be honored to spend some time with you and perhaps mentor you.
Getting Certified: There are many online and classroom training courses that are accredited to global bodies. One can get an additional degree or get certified in some aspect of training.
Make noise on social media: Joining social media pages on LinkedIn groups that are for people in the Learning and Development field. There are rich conversations every day that may show a good vacancy, business requirement or can also connect different vendor with trainers. This can also enhance the visibility on the internet as people search with different key words.