i was reading some articles when i came upon this quote. attributed to jim rohn who is a motivational guru, i couldn't agree more!
most folks' personal development come from their day job. i'll say most are unplanned for, just "follow what my boss has for me".
it's fine if you want this approach but not everyone is so lucky to have a boss who sees to it your personal development. most are just tied up meeting company goals (and not to mention their personal goals). if you want to be sure you are making the right progress, you just got to take matters into your own hands.
you want to learn something? why wait for the opportunity? search for online articles (wikipedia is wonderful), grab a book, network with friends/associates...
besides, learning on your own, at your own pace, fueled by your interest, gains a hell lot more mileage than learning from a classroom. learning by doing, making mistakes... that's all part of learning and you only come out stronger from it.
thus jim rohn's words is so true. work harder on yourself than you do on your job!