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Introduction to Personal and Professional Development

Personal and professional Development Plan (PDP) is a formal method by which an individual can work to set his own goals and action plans. It provides clearly defines activities, learning methods, time-lines, guidance from mentors etc (McLeod, 2004). With the help of this report, identification of learning styles, self-managed activities and time management has been made to evaluate personal and professional goals.

Approaches to self-managed learning and their suitability

Self managed learning is very integral process where setting of initiation is planned. The goals are defined on the basis of personal orientation and achievement. Given below are some approaches to self-managed learning:

Learning through research: Resources and learning environment are provided as a benefit to support system.

Learning from others: Mentoring and coaching are the best ways by which knowledge and skills to work out things can be taught (Burke, 2002).

Seminars and conferences: It helps in developing one's interaction skills. Moreover, better communication among public can be enhanced.

Social networks: Use of internet and social websites such as Facebook, twitter etc. helps to create group. It benefits one to share ideas and new things.

Different learning styles

Learning styles developed by Honey and Mumford with the work of Kolb shows four different preferences:

Activist: They are one who learn by performing actions. Being open minded in nature, they involve themselves in new experiences.

Theorist: The learning which is received from understanding of concepts and theories. The analysis is made by own logical approaches.

Pragmatist: They believe in putting their own ideas into work. Being experimental in nature, they believe in trying out things (Blandford, 2012).

Reflector: The actions are performed by doing the repeated things. They view experiences of others to do work

Visual Learners: The Visual learners observe and get the aspect as a part of their learning.  Graphic displays are used for understanding and knowing about particular subjects. It is taken by using various tools such as charts, diagrams, illustrations, handouts, and videos. These sources act as supportive tools for them.

Aural Learners: Hearing the information which are Aural (or auditory) is another style of learning. Lectures, in this regards are considered as the best source of getting information.

Reading and Writing Learners: Information displayed at words is given to reading and writing learners. All the materials that are text based are provided to learners.

Kinesthetic Learners: Kinesthetic enlisVisual Learners: The Visual learners observe and get the aspect as a part of their learning.  Graphic displays are used for understanding and knowing about particular subjects. It is taken by using various tools such as charts, diagrams, illustrations, handouts, and videos. These sources act as supportive tools for them.

Aural Learners: Hearing the information which are Aural (or auditory) is another style of learning. Lectures, in this regards are considered as the best source of getting information.

Reading and Writing Learners: Informats the learners who learn best by actions and touching. They acquire things into them with their hands-on experience.

Self VARK Analysis

According to application of VARK model, it has been analysed that I possess good visual and auditory skills. However, I have evaluated that there are some areas where I lack abilities and capabilities of reading and assuming things through experience. Therefore, it can be determined that improvement is required in equipping reading and kinaesthetic skills for lifelong learning.

Identification of my learning and development method and recommend to other people

Identification of suitable learning and development method is vital for personal and professional growth. For example, there are some areas in the personal life of an individual, impact of which has been reflected in its professional life as well. Hence, there arise methods which are needed to apply for ensuring growth prospectus.  Therefore, I undertook the method of continuing professional development (CPD). It includes ranges of various activities related to one's career and learning development. Through this method, an individual can manage to update his skills and knowledge. I did this by undertaking various online courses related to my subject concern (Petroni, 2000). These activities are time and record based which helps me to learn personal management as well. After successful implementation of CPD, I can also make use of methods such as self-reflection, Capabilities Matrix, DLF and ILS self assessment tools, 360 degree tool etc (Vincent, 2001).

Encouraging my lifelong learning in personal and professional context:

In an order to encourage my lifelong learning in personal and professional development, following methods can also be used:

Going mobile:In my opinion, using mobile as a learning method is very new concept. In context to both personal and professional development, it provides me connecting with my family, friends and mentors. Moreover, there are number of websites available on mobile which I can access to update my learning.

Understanding social: According to me, this is another method for undertaking learning in personal and professional context. By engaging with social communities, I would assist myself in developing my learning about people's thinking, culture, life style etc (Weaver, 2000). It will support my personal advancement and career development.

Adaptive learning:The methodology where modern ways of imparting teaching over traditional ways has been developed. Teacher collects all the information for every student and guide accordingly. I feel this is effective learning tool for improving efficiency.

Lifelong learning is essential part of individual’s life. On the basis of lifelong learning, an individual learns to equip the things. These are undertaken for earning benefits. These advantages are measured on the basis of learning that is imparted at individual and organization level. Hence, given below table has been presented with an intention to demonstrated benefits of self managed learning to an individual and to organization separately:

Work based problem:

I have been employed at Tesco for the post of HR assistant. Handling of employees is a difficult task which demand high level of effective management skills and capabilities. I have identified a work based problem while carrying out my job responsibilities. I encountered the issue with the employees. Lack of motivation has been identified. There are no goals for employees which leads to poor performance and inappropriate job assessment. It has been assessed that lack of proper feedback and performance expectations are not put in notice by the manager of respective department (Moore and Stanley, 2010). Resultant of which leads to slowdown in workforce production. Staff training is the possible solution for this problem where with the help of hours of sessions, improvement in overall performance can be developed.

Learning styles to overcome the work based problem

In an order to overcome the above stated work based problem, I have identified following learning styles:

Learning style by experimenting: Employees will learn best when the will perform on their own. They will get motivated when they would be engaged to lead and work in a team.

Learning style by observation: The employee will learn at their best when they watch the working of others (Parry, 2004). Allowing in various tasks will help them to closely examine and work on the organizational goals.

Learning style by patterning: The work is allotted to employees in parts. By engaging them in step by step working, their work can be linked for advance outcome.

Communicate this information in appropriate manner at various levels:

The learning style can be effectively exercised when communicated at all level of management of the organization. On the basis of structure, there are three types of hierarchies namely,  strategic, tactical and operational. Given below are ways in which information is transmitted at all levels:

Strategic: The top most level where communication is required for formulating policies and plans for taking decisions (Spittle, 2011). With the formal interaction, channels for communication are used such as memos, letters, reports, meetings etc.

Tactical: In this level, the policy planned at the top level are interacted by face to face communication. Both formal and informal methods are used for effective interaction.

Operational: In this last lower level of management, the operations staffs are communicated using telephones, letters, memos etc.

Time management strategies

Time management is an integral part of one's life. It supports in scheduling and prioritization of work. There are various time management strategies that should be implemented at work and in one's personal life. They are as follows:

Maintain an appointment diary: A tool which helps one in putting a control over the time. List of things are prepared where appointments are noted according to periodic basis.

Costing of time: It is a strategy where time is valued with respect to money. By calculating the worth of time with money element, certain jobs can be performed effectively (Dent, 2011).

Set goals: It is vital to set targets for work. This is important as it helps in clarifying what to achieve with the target to attain the desired result.

Elimination of waste: There is need to sort the activities that are time consuming. Try to avoid the activities which are wasting of hours. Ensure these activities delay in meeting the deadlines.

Maintain to do lists: It is a list of activities which are required to perform. With the help of this time management tool, work can be  prioritize and tackle to perform on the basis of action plan.

Strategy that worked on managing my time

Selection of effective time management strategy helps me to gain effective outcome. When I perform activities, I perform more than two to three tasks at a time. I believed that this would help me in saving my time. But, it results in inefficient work and outcome. Therefore, it is advisable to focus on one activity at a time (Cameron, 2006). Therefore, I plan my work using  by time by using time log, where planning for every specific work is scheduled for effective time management.


Evaluation of own current skills and competences against the professional standards

On the basis of qualities and skills which I possess, strengths and weaknesses have been evaluated. The significance of carrying out an evaluation lies in sorting my positive and negative points. This is in an order to strengthen my demand for future job and opportunities. Table given below is an analysis of my skills and abilities using strengths and opportunities outcome. It is presented below as a skill audit program of my core competences:

Given below is the list of skills and competences which are required by me for my lifelong learning at both personal and professional standards. These have been stated as follows:

  • Controlling and monitoring skill
  • Teamwork skill
  • Management of working under pressure
  • Information Technology skill
  • Time management ability
  • Leadership ability
  • Communication capability

Identification of my own personal and professional development needs

The assessment of skills and abilities has supported me to provide my strengths and weaknesses. It worked as an effective tool for giving me proper CV as stated above. Now, on that basis, there is need to think about my needs in personal and professional development. Therefore, SWOT is a tool which is used for analysing outcome for my skills and capabilities:

Activities required to meet the development plan

Skill Gap

The ‘skills gap’ is defined as the phrase that is used to describe the difference between the skills that an individual desire for by seeing the external opportunities through various sources.  These are available from people who are looking for a job.According to my desire and ambition in life, I am intended to serve myself in the health and Social Care (HSC) sector. After analyzing my skills and abilities, I strongly feel that there is good manpower to be managed at the hospitals and care home. After identification of my personal and professional development skills, I have stated activities that would help me to meet the plan as follows:

  • Controlling and monitoring skill
  • Teamwork skill
  • Management of working under pressure
  • Information Technology skill
  • Time management ability
  • Leadership ability
  • Communication capability

The above identified current and future needs provided the development opportunities. I have analysed that I am strongly ambitious and dedicated to work in dynamic work environment. I have the ability where I can adopt challenging tasks and achieve them through my hard work and honesty. I can assure to work in effective management of workplace. Since I have sharp IT and teamwork skills, the combo of which helped me to archive the management of work and manpower effectively using latest technology and updates (Floyd, 2012)? I believe to work with the help of my learning capabilities in any type of organisation which is available to me in this industry. In contrary to this, I possess some weaknesses which may act as a barrier in my work progress. Therefore, it is essential to bring improvement in those areas using different techniques and methods.

After planning my PDP plan, there is need to present the ways that will prove effective in implementation of development plan. Both short and long term objectives are taken care while presenting PDP. The objectives have been briefly discussed as follows:

Objective for PDP plan

Self learning is significant to analyse as it provide the brief about how the objectives which are planned are carried out. According to Kolb, every people have different learning style.  He has given four learning styles that have been stated as follows:

Concrete Experience (CE): This is a theoretical learning experience where one works as per his knowledge. As per my learning and experience, I took my learning on the basis of experiences of my acquaintances and mentors.

Reflective Observation (RO): This is a second stage of learning where part which has been developed in me is through observations. According to my own thought process and actions, I closely examined the activities. This helped me to enhance my thoughts and knowledge.

Active Experimentation (AE): It is the action plan where I put all my actions into work. On the basis of my own learning and experience, I defined the courses of my action plans and activities according to RO.

Abstract Conceptualization (AC): This is a tool where I had a strong generation of ideas that are required for carrying out my work. All the planned activities which are defined as per objectives are set to actions. Therefore, with my experience and learning, I found that for the growth of personal and professional experience, there is need for one to set out own action plans on the basis of target objectives to be accomplished.

The PDP has been updated on the basis of feedback and evaluations. On closely examining the above plans and its associated activities, areas have been evaluated. It is to find out the areas for improvement that are identified on the basis of feedbacks. The feedback can be obtained from mentors, friends, managers etc. Therefore, personal and professional development plan is a tool that provides work plan to meet the current and future needs (McLeod, 2004). Preparing the curriculum vitae is the first stage which helped in appropriate presentation of skills and knowledge for future development. I will be pursuing my future targets by joining several learning programs in order to enhance own personal and professionally skills.


In the present report, it is concluded that development of person's skills and development is a never ending process. There are ample of plans, process and activities available to an individual. With the help of these tools, one can develop his/her personal and professional skills. The advantage which they gain, will be helpful in shaping their life with the opportunities.  Various methods and tools of professional communication have been discussed. Along with this, feedback methods and learning styles have been effectively underpinned.


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