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2.1 The next steps in your plan

The process you have been following over the last seven weeks has been part of your personal development planning. It just needs completing by considering your next steps.

This first activity helps you to understand the process and what it might offer you personally.

Activity 1 Personal development plan process

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes

Watch the following short video, which explains the personal development plan process.

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Take a few moments to reflect on what you heard. What were the main points being made? Write down your answer in your notebook.

Then, check you answer.

Answer

Some of the points which you might have written down include:

  • Personal development plans can encompass career, study or personal aspirations.
  • You need to assess your skills and strengths.
  • You need to set realistic goals.
  • You need a plan with timescales.
  • You need to plan the actions you will take to progress each goal.
  • You need to constantly record you achievements and new skills.
  • You need to step back now and then and review how you have done against the plan, what you have learned and what the next phase of the plan needs to be.

Discussion

Which of these might be most important to you personally, at this stage?

Again, write down you answer in your notebook. Choose no more than three. You can always revise and add to them later. For now, focus on the things which will be most important immediately after the course finishes. It will serve as a reminder for you to go back to, when you have more time.

This sounds easier than personal development planning is in practice, as those of you who may have been asked to write one before may know. Of course, all the work you have done over the previous seven weeks has been a foundation for yours, so it makes sense to pause in the next section to review that work, and to fill in any gaps.