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Personal Development Plan

Life-long necessity: Those who think learning stops when they finish full-time education should think again; learning is a lifelong necessity.

It is vitally important that we keep on developing and adapting positively to a constantly evolving environment.

You are ultimately responsible for ensuring your own professional growth, unfortunately, few people really know what it takes to create and implement a solid professional development plan.  Here are three things you should know about a Professional Development Plan.

It is your responsibility 

Your professional development is not the responsibility of anyone but you. It is not the responsibility of your company or your boss just you.

Your company may assist you with the process of creating a professional development plan (PDP) which would normally form part of your performance review process. This is not usually very useful for the vast majority of employees as it directly addresses the organisation’s wants or needs, not your personal growth and development vision.

You need your Professional Development Plan to help you to facilitate real, desired professional growth.

If your company does help you develop a plan, it’s still a smart idea to create one of your own in private. This will help you identify and take action on growing the skills needed to achieve your true long-term career goals, whether or not they involve your current company.

Expect Constant Change 

A PDP is not written in stone. It can—and should—be revised on a regular basis. Goals shift, people change, circumstances present new challenges and opportunities. As a growing professional, you have to remain agile and on top of your game.

Don’t go too far ahead in your planning and goal setting. The more into the future you plan the more  likely it is to become just a guess. You can’t predict the future, and there are all kinds of outside influences that can shape your reality. A downturn in the economy or a new technology can impact your goals and your ability to follow through on a planned course of action.

The important thing is to simply start the process. Once you have a plan, it can be revised. Regular review is an essential component of any PDP so, as things change, you can make adjustments. Even better—as you see change on the horizon, you can proactively plan for it.

Nothing is final 

A professional development plan is never complete. If you want to continue moving forward in your career, you must continue growing your skills. Learning is a lifelong process, and your PDP is a career-long tool. As long as you’re a professional, your PDP will be a big component of your Career Success Toolkit.

So don’t delay; start today with your professional development plan. CLX has a range of accredited learning programmes in Supply Chain and Logistics Management to assist you to reach your professional development goal.

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