Am Graduate with bachelors degree in management studies. am not interested in Finance and my question is , Is it possible to make career in Training and development?
IF it is possible then how to start with it? What Kind of courses which will help me to Develop the required skill for the same.

From India, Thane
Training, Motivational Speaker, Writing,
H.r Executive



At the outset let me compliment you on deciding to be a trainer. I am taking the liberty of adding my suggestions for your consideration.

To be a good trainer a prerequisite is good communication skills, and in particular effective presentation and public speaking skills. However, the heart and brains of the training still remains the domain knowledge but even the most knowledgeable person would fail miserably as a trainer without effective communications skills. However remember that in training your objective is not to outsmart or outwit the participants but to take them along. Ideally an MBA from a good institution and work experience would dramatically enhance your skill and effectiveness as a trainer and I would urge you to focus on that first before embarking on training career. However you must create/ find opportunities to begin your training quest perhaps by addressing social organizations like Rotary/ Lions clubs and also take sessions for college audiences.

To get the academic inputs on training you can do the course from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) as planned. Alternatively you can also attend some Train The Trainer (TTT) programs offered by private institutions.

To get going, focus on those topics that you are familiar with, confident about, passionate about or have a good grounding in. Keep updating yourself by reading extensively and start outlining the broad course contents keeping in mind the type of audience you are likely to address. In particular pay attention to the type of exercise, examples, activities that you will use during the program to reinforce a point or make the learning relevant. I would also suggest that you attend some corporate training by professionals on topics of your interest to get a feel of how it is structured and delivered.

As mentioned earlier to make up for the lack of corporate training experience, ideally take a few sessions for post graduate students in colleges or for social service clubs like Lions and Rotary's so that you gain in experience and also can fine tune your material. Once you are confident, approach a few corporates and the first few training programs are vital for future reference and for your own confidence.

I would also invite you to visit the Inspirational and Motivational Blog listed at the end of this post which can also assist you in mission of becoming an effective trainer

Best Wishes

From India, Mumbai

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