Hands up…how many of you have experienced an effective appraisal or career development review system run by an employer? Not many I’d guess. Personal experience suggests that they are nothing more than tick box exercises with little in the way of actual development being shown for all the talking and hours it takes to complete. Caring and sharing faces shown by ‘People’ managers but really is anything achieved by the time the next review comes around or are you left with that feeling that it’s really just one big empty gesture?
The post-industrial age in which we live provides little job security in the employer/employee market and so it’s time to take control of your own personal and professional development. Don’t worry, it won’t conflict with your employer’s appraisal or career development scheme, in fact it will complement it and might even put you in the driving seat to get genuine support on the road to furthering your professional goals. The point is that you, that’s YOU, have to have a plan; one that you have set out, that is personal to your professional development regardless of whether you are employed or self-employed. A plan that is transferable and continuously progressive. A plan that is your responsibility.
The latest in my toolkit series is a Professional Development Plan Toolkit. It contains documents and provides a process that will help YOU implement YOUR plan and guide you through the professional development cycle. It puts you in the driving seat.
The toolkit consists of a number of worksheets to be completed in order as part of a development planning process:
- Self-assessment Worksheet
- Professional Development Worksheet
- Goal Development Questions
- Current Career Issues Worksheet
- Pinnacle Moments Worksheet
- Foothill Moments Worksheet
- Action Steps Worksheet
Each document is in both Word and PDF format so that you can adapt the plan to your specific professional requirements.
A Professional Development Plan; it’s a small price for a huge investment in the biggest asset you have…YOU.