From my experience in the current working environment, one's professional development is definitely in the hands of the individual.
As I see it there are several routes to the same objective based on cost, time and availability
- External Offsite training Online
- Training providers (itunes U,Pluralsight etc)
- Specialist /user groups
- Specialist web sites (Channel9, stackoverflow,dnrtv,codeplex etc)
What would you consider to be the best approach (blend) to continued learning and maintaining a professional standard of work?