This is a question everyone has asked themselves, or will be led to ask one day, whatever their area of activity. Society is changing, codes also, and new technologies transform occupations. This is a fact none can ignore! Furthermore, in this constantly changing environment, professionals wish to head for new horizons! The best way to achieve this is to get further training, it is as simple as that…well, not that simple actually! There is a plethora of offers in Continuing Education and identifying the track that suits you best is often difficult. Here are four questions you must ask yourself before you start off:
1. What are my motivations ?
Do I wish to raise my level of competence, to get my experience accredited (VAE), to move on within my company, to change fields of activity, to start my own business… there are many answers that can be classified under two distinct categories: an individual pursuit or a joint project with my company, and the latter option implies of course to decide jointly which option to select!
2. What are my needs ?
This may appear trivial at first sight, but proves a tricky question that should be dealt with at two levels. One should not only be able to list needs in terms of knowledge (Accounting, Law, Digital, Logistics, Human Resources, Management, etc.), but also in terms of accreditation. This may naturally lead one's thoughts towards considering a well-established degree-awarding programme, or a professionally qualifying package that can be applied right away, or a certification validated by a qualification certificate.
3. How much free-time do I have?
Following a 10-day session (as in Pass Programmes), or taking an MBA for a full year are two very different options. In order to support professionals in employment, EM Normandie offers part-time programmes such as the Executive MBA (4 days a month), or on an e-learning basis for the Grande Ecole Progamme, which reduces travelling and time-table constraints. Nevertheless, there is no miracle solution as regards personal workload! To get further training is a major investment that requires careful consideration upstream.
4. What are the sources of funding?
It is difficult not to be puzzled by the many measures and acronyms that riddle this domain. Salaried employees, job seekers and self-employed people (professions, farmers, artisans, shopkeepers), all may benefit from specific schemes. Here is a quick overview of the main ones:
Salaried employees build up throughout their careers a right to training hours under the Compte Personnel de Formation (CPF) Scheme, which has now replaced the DIF. They may also opt for the Congé Individuel de Formation (CIF) to train full-time for a year.
Job seekers for their part, may ask Pôle Emploi or Regional Authorities to get funding for their training, or obtain a Professionalisation Contract on a Cooperative basis. Finally, non-salaried people may access Training Funds thanks to Organismes Paritaires Collecteurs Agréés (OPCA).
All in all, if this panorama of continuing education may seems complicated at first, it will become gradually clearer as it is thought over and a wide range of opportunities will arise, suited to everyone's specific needs. The beneficial outcome is unquestionable: to enjoy one's work and maintain one's expertise are the keys to well-being at work and bringing genuine added-value to your company!
To find the Training Offer by EM Normandie, visit the School's Website.
 Validation of Prior Experience is the right for an individual to be partly or wholly certified on the basis of his/her professional experience after validation by a panel of the knowledge and competencies acquired. Several EM Normandie degrees are open to the VAE Scheme : MS Développement, innovations et marketing territorial, MS Manager des Ressources Humaines, Programme Grande Ecole, Bachelor en Management International, Bachelor Planificateur des Prestations Logistiques Internationales.