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Making the most of your PDP record

When Preparing Application Forms

These forms will include some open questions which will demand reflection and description of both academic and non-academic activities to answer them. This is where the recording and reflecting you do in PDP can be a useful basis for helping you to fill out application forms.

However you must answer the question in front of you. Do not just cut and paste the information from your PDP E-folio or other record. It is important to use the information to meet the requirements of the question on the form.

The progress file may help you answer such questions in the following ways:

  • The process itself will help you become more reflective about the work you are doing, both on your degree and outside it. Reflection can help when considering such questions as describing your 'most significant achievement'. It can help you 'think outside the box' and give an original answer, which will make your application form stand out.
  • The written information will also help jog your memory about the types of things that you have been doing in your course

At Assessment Centres

The PDP process will help you identify your strengths and skills.  This can help you gain an insight into where you have already used these skills and how they can be transferred onto new tasks.

For Occupational Personality Questionnaires

The PDP process can help you to think about the type of person you are and the area of work which might suit you.  The understanding of your own skills, attributes and abilities that you gain from the PDP process is a vital tool in helping you with this type of assessment.

For Personal Motivation and focus

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.”

–J.C. Penny