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CPD – constant professional distress or cheesy pepperoni delux?

loan ranger

The highs and lows of being a leveraged loans banker: You have just given a stellar end of year review presentation to the team when you realise your enthusiasm for the exercise has meant you are going to miss your compulsory Continuing Professional Development seminar.

This was the recent lament to Loan Ranger of one leveraged finance professional, who ran from the kudos of success straight to the crucible of disaster in a matter of seconds – hoping just to get to sign the fateful attendance paper that would give him the CPD points he would need to avoid a run in with HR. Sadly, luck was not on his side as people were already leaving the classroom and he was denied his points, despite some impressive begging to the implacable course tutor.

CPD is a burden for all banking professionals – junior and senior. And late attendance to the weekly “managing self” course is, ironically, a regular occurrence – just ask our hero.

But he has our sympathy. One such course is meant to be about sharing knowledge and cross-pollination of ideas, but its main redeeming feature seems to be that everyone gets a slice of pizza. Although it may be cold by the time you get there.

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