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What is Personal Development Planning (PDP)?

student1What is Personal Development Planning (PDP)?

The four key ingredients for students' personal development planning in HE are:

  • planning (individual students setting goals for learning and development);
  • experiences (that are selected to achieve goals);
  • recording (of the thoughts, ideas and experiences that make up learning);
  • reflecting (review and evaluation of the process and products of learning, and revision of goals).

In their guidelines for Personal Development Planning, the QAA define PDP as: "A structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development." It is expected that all UK HE institutions provide opportunities and support for PDP within and outside of the curriculum, although the ultimate responsibility for deriving benefit from PDP rests with individual learners.

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Why personal skills are required for professional development?

Review your current transferable skills.
List your fields of knowledge.
Look at the possible education paths available to you.
Research career titles that might appeal to you.
Work out which new skills are needed to perform your desired role.
Speak with people in the industry to get greater understanding.
Gain the new skills needed for your ideal role. This requires personal drive.

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