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Get Personal: Invest in your own success

Richard Ashley
March 2017

Feeling unchallenged at work? It’s time to invest in your own success. 

At times we all feel stuck in a rut, marking time, not intellectually and mentally tested or simply lacking motivation. Whilst this may be a sign to consider pastures new, remember the grass isn’t always greener. It could be that you need to take step back, evaluate your goals and ambitions and turn them into reality! So if you feel that you are not making progress in your career, take control, develop a clear strategy to invest in your own success and make the necessary changes for a brighter future through personal development.  

What is Personal Development? 

Personal Development is an action that improves understanding, develops aptitude and potentially supports employability in your current role. It will also make you more appealing to future employers. Or simply, self-improvement measures to enhance your career or gain a new skill. Such actions will include learning and development - in particular embarking on a new course or workshop, in-house training, day release or home learning for a professional qualification – appropriately linked to your career.

From a professional development perspective, it is a huge motivator for employees to receive formal in-house training or study support for professional qualifications provided by the CIPP. Professional development is a benefit of employment and will pay dividends in day to day performance through increasing technical skills and expertise geared to your job.

Whilst in-house training or study support may aid an employee’s current position, not all employers provide such career enhancing assistance and motivational perks. If they don’t – look at the alternatives, such as out of work open courses or online training via online portals. These will include broad business aptitudes including: IT skills, Productivity, Communication, Project Management, Leadership etc. Outside work courses could include Public Speaking – which will enhance your presentations skills. Social & Business Networking – for areas such as Blogging or using Twitter and LinkedIn for public relations and marketing. Basic training could include improving your knowledge of Microsoft products such as Excel for day to day spreadsheet use.

In order to commence your personal development, you need to create a Personal Development Plan.

What is a Personal Development Plan?

Personal development can take many forms. The first action is to determine your requirements and ambitions – in essence where do you want to go? A Personal Development Plan (PDP) is used to identify the areas that you aspire to improve and the goals you want to achieve. It is important that you understand the time and resource needed and what you can commit to.

A PDP is a written statement containing a pledge and a comprehensive approach to accomplish your career ambitions. The reason for agreeing a formal plan is to focus the individual and provide a document to work to.

Even if your current employer doesn’t offer formal in-house development, your superiors should be supportive in giving advice, discussing and creating a PDP, guiding you to achieve your eventual aim. 

What should Personal Development Plan’s include?

A PDP should include the following headings: What is my current situation? What do I need to improve? Where do I want to be? How can I get there? – In planning, you need to break it down into short, medium & long-term objectives with your ultimate goal in mind. You should consider all factors, professional and personal, such as motivation, time, support etc.

You may want to use SMART principles to shape your objectives: assigning criteria to guide you in the setting of objectives. These can be defined as:

  • Specific – identify what you want to improve?
  • Measurable – how will you evaluate progress?
  • Achievable – Is the goal realistic enough to be accomplished?
  • Relevant – Is the goal worthwhile and will it meet your needs?
  • Timely – when do you want to achieve the objective?

What are the benefits?

The benefits of creating a PDP are quantifiable, however you need to put the effort in to realise the results. Using a PDP will enable and motivate you to enhance your current skillset or plan a career a change, it will clearly demonstrate the path for you to achieve your aspirations.

Whilst the objective should be to target you career ambitions. Whatever it is, any personal development will boost your career and ultimately make you a better employee.

Key Points

1. A PDP allows you to evaluate your objectives and turn them into reality

2. A PDP is a written statement containing a pledge to accomplish your career ambitions

3. Consider all factors – including motivation, time and support



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