Unit 13: Personal and Professional Development
• Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
1 Understand how self-managed learning can enhance lifelong development 2 Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development 3 Be able to implement and continually review own personal and professional development plan 4 Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills.
1 Understand how self-managed learning can enhance lifelong development Self-managed learning: self-initiation of learning processes; clear goal setting, eg aims and requirements, personal orientation achievement goals, dates for achievement, self-reflection Learning styles: personal preferences; activist; pragmatist; theorist; reflector, eg reflexive modernisation theory; Kolb’s learning cycle Approaches: learning through research; learning from others, eg mentoring/coaching, seminars, conferences, secondments, interviews, use of the internet, social networks, use of bulletin boards, news groups Effective learning: skills of personal assessment; planning, organisation and evaluation Lifelong learning: self-directed learning; continuing professional development; linking higher education with industry, further education, Recognition of Prior Learning, Apprenticeships, Credit Accumulation and Transfer Schemes Assessment of learning: improved ability range with personal learning; evidence of improved levels of skill; feedback from others; learning achievements and disappointments
2 Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development Self-appraisal: skills audit (personal profile using appropriate self-assessment tools); evaluating self-management; personal and interpersonal skills; leadership skills Development plan: current performance; future needs; opportunities and threats to career progression; aims and objectives; achievement dates; review dates; learning programme/activities; action plans;...
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