Sample personal professional development goals
Goals must align with and support University and/or department goals.
To have the greatest impact, limit the number of goals for the coming year.
Goals should be SMART:
Establish a clear action plan to achieve each goal:
Action plans should include specific expected results and a target date for completion.
Examples of SMART Goals
|Improve the effectiveness of my written communication
||Read On Writing Well by William Zinsler by January 2012.
||Receive progressively fewer manager edits and rewrites to my memos; track progress and review samples with my manager every 6 weeks.
||Find an Excel class and attend. Begin using skills learned in setting up Excel spreadsheets, and follow up with others who have more Excel experience.
Methods of Learning and Development
Readings (books, periodicals)
Following coaching suggestions
Self-directed, computer-based learning
Participating on task force, special project
Career Center consultation
Community organization involvement
Cross-training, job "swapping"
Classroom training, courses
The Boston Consortium programs