Professional Development Plan
Unit: Understanding and Managing People
Unit Code: 5D4Z0020
Unit Tutors: Tom Scanlon and Amanda Davis
Student Name: Hilaria Dos Santos Rolo
Student ID: 11501593
Date: 14th March 2012
Page 1 – Title
Page 2 – Contents
Page 2 – List of tables and figures
Page 3 – Introduction
Page 4 to 6 – Section 1: Professional Plan Development
Page 7 to 9 – Section 2: Progress Review
Page 10 – Appendix 1
Page 11 to 13 – Appendix 2
Page 14 to 17 – Appendix 3
Page 18 to 25 – Appendix 4
Page 26 to 41 – Appendix 5
Page 42 to 50 – Appendix 6
Page 51 – Appendix 7
Page 52 to 58 – Appendix 8
Page 59 to 61 – Section 3: Long-term Plan of Action
Page 62 – Conclusion
Page 63 to 64 – References
The Professional Development Plan (PDP) is a structured process made by an individual to reflect on their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan their personal, educational and career development. PDP complies a range of procedures, such as planning, doing, recording, and reflection. (The Higher Education Academy 2012)
The objective of this PDP is to help improve existing skills or to develop new ones. In order to do so, a self-assessment, SWOT analysis, SMART and Belbin’s self-perception inventory will be completed, to acknowledge strengths and weaknesses.
Section 1: Professional Development Plan
For this PDP three distinct goals will be developed.
* Individual Goal – Time Management and Personal Organisation * Group Working Goal – Searching databases
* Academic Goal – Listen, read and take notes
To help set the goals, three goals worksheets were completed and the SMART diagnosis was applied (See Appendix 1 and 2). SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. (Scanlon 2011)
Time Management and Personal Organisation
This goal was chosen as the individual goal because managing time and being organised was always a struggle, and therefore for several times in numerous occasions the effect was unpleasant. By being able to manage time and being more organised, opportunities will rise to have a more effective performance in personal, academic and professional life. This weakness was noted through the self-assessment comprised by a friend, a colleague and myself (See Appendix 3). This skill was not developed sooner out of pure laziness and lack of motivation. To achieve this goal I will do weekly schedules to see what was done during the week and check if certain activities were accomplished (See Appendix 4). This goal is set to be developed until 11th March 2012.
This goal was chosen as the group working goal because searching databases was always a difficult task, either it was for personal, academic or work related purposes. Whenever there are group works, this task is always passed on to other members, which made my ability to improve less feasible. This weakness was noted through the Belbin Test (See Appendix 5). This skill was not developed until now because there was lack of knowledge of databases resources. To achieve this goal I will carry on a research about Miss Universe, looking for information in all resources I can find (See appendix 6). As there were no relevant books on the subject, I had to confine the search to the Internet. This goal is set to be developed until 12th March 2012.
Listen, Read and Take Notes
This goal was chosen as the academic goal because as English is not my first language, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with lectures and at the same time take notes, as well as it is difficult to read, comprehend in just one go, and take notes. By developing this skill, when preparing for exams, being in lectures, workshops and work meetings, listening, reading and taking notes, will become simple, efficient, quick and easy. This weakness was noted while in class, at home and at work, and later on identified in SWOT analysis and also...
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