A corporate trainer is an educator or instructor who works in a professional environment and impart knowledge or skills to a group of employees. Corporate trainers can be hired full time by a large company to train new employees and help with the transition to new operational systems. Others are independent consultants or are attached to vocational training companies and work in short-term companies to train employees, increase their efficiency and help workers after a company merger. Company trainers have generally followed a variety of educational paths and have varied professional experience.
Part 1 of 3: Knowing about company training
Step 1. Decide in which field you want to work
Corporate trainers can work in different contexts, so you will need to choose the business area that interests you the most. Think about your own skills and expertise to make your decision and find the area that's right for you. Corporate trainers will usually be attached to the human resources department, but trainers can specialize in anything from marketing, finance, education to compliance.
- Think about the area that interests you the most and keep this in mind when choosing your qualifications and work experience.
- Knowing how to adapt can be an advantage, but having a clear expertise in an area will allow you to be more credible as a trainer.
Step 2. Learn more about the job
After you have started to develop a clearer picture of the type of work you would like to do and the industry you would like to work in, you can educate yourself on what trainers usually do in this area. Conducting in-person training sessions is only part of the job, you will also need to spend many hours planning and organizing your trainings and making sure they are relevant.
- You will have a great preparatory work which will consist in setting up a solid and effective training program.
- In addition to planning your training programs, you will need to perform in-depth evaluations to find out what worked and what was not liked or understood by your audience.
- Adapting and continuously developing your training programs and skills is an important part of your job as a corporate trainer.
Step 3. Know the typical salaries
Corporate trainers can earn good salaries, but you should know the average earnings in your industry before you start. There is a significant variation in salaries between training and development specialists, but the average was around 69,000 euros in 2011. In total, the top ten percent earned an average of 100,000 euros or more and the top ten percent received an average of 100,000 euros or more. Last 10 37,000 euros or less.
Between 2010 and 2020, salaries in this area would increase by 21%
Part 2 of 3: Prepare and qualify
Step 1. Take a relevant bachelor's degree
The education and qualification requirements to become a corporate trainer are not completely clear and there are a variety of ways to break into this field. In most cases, you will need to earn a bachelor's degree in a relevant specialty. Trainers are usually human resources specialists, many will have a human resources degree or something similar, but many employers will not specify a specialty or course required.
- You should focus on the area in which you want to work. For example, if you want to become a business trainer in finance, having qualifications in this industry that prove your expertise is a good idea.
- If possible, try to include a course in human resource management in your studies.
- In some cases, employers will want you to have a master's degree for higher level corporate trainers.
- If in doubt, look for job advertisements in company training and look at the qualifications required.
Step 2. Learn about this job
There are some ways you can embark on a career as a corporate trainer that won't necessarily require you to graduate. For many employers, work experience is just as important, if not more, than qualifications. If you prefer to work right after your high school diploma, consider doing so as a training or human resources assistant. These positions are less likely to require a degree and will give you valuable experience
- It is not uncommon for trainers to start out as human resource assistants and develop skills on the job.
- Progressing outside of the university curriculum will help you understand the processes and policies of the company before taking on the role of instructor and supervisor of its employees.
Step 3. Improve your communication skills
Communication is the core of corporate training, so it's essential that you really target this area to improve yourself before you enter the workforce. Trainers spend a lot of time talking to large groups of people and need to be interesting and clear in the way they communicate. There are many ways to work on this and you should look for opportunities to develop yourself on a continuous basis.
- Try taking a course in public speaking or joining a group that specializes in practicing and improving public speaking.
- Research local universities and training centers that offer courses in public speech, communication, and other speaking and presentation skills.
Step 4. Go from teaching to training
An alternative career for corporate trainers is the transition from teaching to training. Teachers have excellent experience in communicating information in a clear and concise manner to a large group of people and these transferable skills can be very useful for a career as a corporate trainer. Transitioning isn't always easy, but having specific skills and knowledge about the industry you want to work in will make a big difference.
- Teachers accustomed to a classroom full of teenagers will often be drawn to training motivated adults.
- The more mature your audience, the more they will bring their own experiences and expectations, which can be all the more stimulating for someone used to teaching children.
Part 3 of 3: Find a job and progress
Step 1. Apply for jobs as a corporate trainer
Once you have the necessary qualifications and knowledge for this industry, it will be time to start applying for the relevant positions. When you do, be sure to pay close attention to the job descriptions to make sure your qualifications and skills match the job requirements. You are unlikely to find your dream job as soon as you graduate, so be prepared to be flexible and open-minded about the possibilities available to you.
- If you only see ads for jobs that require experience, think about how you can gain relevant experience in a slightly different role, such as a training assistant, member of the human resources department, or a public relations specialist..
- If you see a frequent requirement for the positions you want to fill and you haven't yet, think about how you might acquire this skill.
Step 2. Build your industry specific skills
You should always think about the best way you can develop your skills in your area of expertise. For example, you might need to take a course on specific software so that you can integrate it into your presentation or teach employees how to use it. Stay informed of developments in your sector and constantly update your training materials.
As a trainer, you should continue to take training yourself. You will not only improve your skills and knowledge, but you will learn how other trainers operate and can glean useful ideas
Step 3. Get certified
You can increase your chances of advancing in your career and the quality of your training programs by being certified by a professional body. This will effectively guarantee the quality of your work. Some organizations cover all areas of development and vocational training. If you want to become the head of a company's training department, this type of certification will prepare you for these types of positions.
- For some certifications, you will need to have at least five years of experience and complete a series of tests. It may take you up to a year to get certified and you will need to pay a fee.
- Other certifications will require 20 hours of e-learning modules, followed by an internship and certification exam. As with all certifications, you will have to pay a significant fee.