“The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, 'Thus far and no farther." (Beethoven)
Making a Personal Development Plan (PDP) is an excellent way of working out what you want and how to achieve your academic, personal and career goals. There are 5 key steps in the process:
- Consider personal strengths and experiences/areas that you could develop to improve your academic performance and employability (Reflect).
- Decide upon the next appropriate steps for you to take (Plan)
- Take those steps (Do)
- Monitor and review your own development as you progress (Review)
- Develop effective means of evidencing and communicating your personal strengths and achievements to employers and others (Communicate)
PDP is a strategy used by high achievers from a variety of walks of life. Engaging with this process can help you to become more motivated and to take charge of your own learning and career development. It prepares you for the process of continuing professional development that graduate employees are expected to engage with throughout their working life. It also helps you to gain a better understanding of your personal strengths, as well as the areas that you can improve on. In a competitive employment market, being able to use the skills you learn during PDP will be invaluable.
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