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Tell me about a time when you took on a new course to study in order to improve your own work performance.

Example #1
"I recently took a course in Accounting Basics so that I could make better sense of my finances but also offer my employer more value when it came to managing budgets. I am a full believer in continued education."
Example #2
"I took a one-day seminar in Microsoft Excel. I already knew the basics, but my boss likes using macros and pivot tables, and I was spending a lot of time reading the support section to figure out how to use them. The course was very informative."
Example #3
"Last year, I worked towards my Project Manager certification while working full time. That experience alone greatly increased my multitasking skills. The PM Certification is a great addition to my already existing management skill set."
Example #4
"This year I have taken another workshop on Facebook Advertising and Algorithms. It's an ever-changing beast, and as a marketing professional I need to have the right strategy for my clients."
Example #5
"I like that you asked this question because it means that continued education is important to you as well. This past year I took an arts program geared towards merchandising. I want to offer my employer more when it comes to creating eye-catching window displays."
Example #6
"Our company offered the Sandler Sales program to anyone in the company who was interested. I took this workshop in 2014 and enjoyed it. My sales increased by 23% that year."
Example #7
"I like to spend a great deal on my personal development. Currently, I am earning my certification to become a yoga teacher. I believe that I can bring these lessons into the classroom by helping students learn to breathe, handle stress, and be mindful."
Example #8
"In a previous position, I managed many moving parts that were difficult to manually keep up with, so I started teaching myself more about online collaborative platforms and tools like Microsoft Flow. I quickly learned how valuable much of what I was learning would be for the rest of the team, so I asked my supervisor if I could attend a free, day-long virtual training. She agreed, and I was even able to later present what I learned at a team meeting and help implement more streamlined processes in our department."
Example #9
"In the past 5 years, ​I've been an active volunteer within my community. I've been able to learn from clients and bring that to my current position as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor."
Example #10
"This past year has been a big one for me in regards to professional development. My current employer has provided me with additional training when it comes to aquatic animals and I have taken two leadership workshops. Also, all of my safety tickets and certifications have been renewed."
Example #11
"In my opinion, verification and validation are at the heart of every development project. I take this step very seriously and it shows in my work. This of course includes all the steps and procedures of Validation. Prospective validation is important because it is done to ensure the product is functioning properly. Retrospective validation is done against the written specifications and verifies actual data. Periodic validation is used to repair, relocate or dismiss data that serves no purpose. Partial validation is mostly used for research, but can come in handy for pilot studies. Cross validation is suitable for estimating performance of statistical models. Concurrent validation is usually carried out during regular maintenance or service routines in the post development process."
Example #12
"I recognize that the IT industry is continually evolving, and to stay current to and get ahead, I must keep my skills up to date. I do this by reading a lot of industry publications and journals, attending conventions, meeting with vendors and other industry players, being a member of relevant local user groups, and networking with my industry peers and associates to discuss new ideas and developments in IT."
Example #13
"Apart from getting a degree in my field, I have also been attending several trainings and certification courses from time to time. I also read a lot and make sure I take a regular look at the newsletters that I received from relevant organizations."
Example #14
"I would welcome any professional development available to me as it relates to this company and industry. For this position specifically, I am aware of a few regularly-held webinars that offer new tips and tricks to streamline workflows and maximize database maintenance. I find it useful to attend webinars from time to time to keep current on applications and databases, and they're great at providing a lot of useful information in a short period of time. In addition to webinars, there are a handful of yearly regional conferences that explore new offerings in technology for systems and databases, so I would, of course, appreciate any opportunity to expand my knowledge and awareness in that capacity."
Example #15
"This past year has been a big one for me in regards to professional development. My current employer has provided me with additional training and the opportunity to shadow with senior Bacteriology Technicians."
Example #16
"Apart from getting a degree in accounting I have also been attending several trainings and certification courses. I have attended several DOL seminars and FLSA seminars as well."
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