How to transition from technical training into learning and development

Hello AMED members

I have been in different technical roles in the past and now ended up teaching technical subjects to resellers of the company I am with.  I am in the middle of a career reflection and believe it is time for me to "abandon" my technical subjects in favour of something less dry and more inspiring.  Can anyone share experiences/ideas/comments on how this could be accomplished?  For example, I have a Masters in Management of Information Systems but nothing specific about learning and development.  Any courses you might suggest? Certifications? Job experiences?

Thanks in advance!


Views: 766

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hi, Paolo.  Great idea.  Tricky question.  My transition was facilitated by the Engineering Industry Training Board which sadly no longer exists.  It isn't easy to find learning that fits.  On the bright side, there is a lot available, much of it online and free, e.g. at  High quality material too.  

But I think you probably need a face to face rather than a virtual community.  I have enjoyed the Open University too, although I believe the tutorials and weekend workshops are not such a big part of their programmes any more.  

Did you ever have trainer training?  Or did you just puzzle it out for yourself and get by with your technical knowledge?  Not a bad place to start.  

There are many exponents of coaching and of facilitation in this network.  Sadly, our fora don't attract a lot of traffic but if you took your enquiry to individuals or to their networks, you might find more response.  

I like the sound of an emerging business school called the Grove.  Lancaster University has a well-respected school of management learning.  There are some lovely articles on the web site of the Centre for Progressive Leadership.  

Just a few random thoughts.  I'm excited for you.  Good luck!  


Reply to Discussion


Latest Activity

Bob MacKenzie updated an event

Writing to influence healthcare policy and practice, with David Zigmond at Roots and Shoots, Lambeth

October 18, 2019 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
7 hours ago
Anna Britnor Guest updated their profile
An event by Bob MacKenzie was featured

The Power of story, with Trevor Day at Roots and Shoots, Lambeth

February 21, 2020 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Bob MacKenzie posted an event

The Power of story, with Trevor Day at Roots and Shoots, Lambeth

February 21, 2020 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm

O&P News

O&P back issues now for sale. 

We have a rich library of O&P issues and individual articles in electronic format going back to 1994, just waiting for you. Copy of order form for back issues of e-O&P in MS Word format.


Make sure you can reach the Full AMED Members' page or the O&P Subscribers' page to download the latest edition.

Not yet a member or subscriber?
Click here for synopses of recent editions.

© 2019   Created by AMED Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service