personal/professional development plan

I am seeking help in writing personal/professional development plan.

Here’s what the Syllabus says:Individual Professional Development Plan (15%).Invest in yourself. Each student will write a professional/personal development plan. You will address “where you are” and “where you would like to go” in terms of your personal and professional development. You should discuss insights drawn from indicators including:

a) 2 interviews with business leaders and/or professionals outside of WKU in an arena (in an industry, business, or geographical area) where you might like to work

b) results of self-assessments from such things as questionnaires and class exercises.

You should discuss your strengths and weaknesses (as determined by indicators) and devise plans for your development in your weak areas. Considerable reflection (sometimes personal) should be shown in the written plan.

Professional development plans are between you and your professor and will not be shared with other students unless you share them yourself.


QUICK THOUGHTS:The best plans include insights derived from feedback you have received from others, exercises, questionnaires, discussions from this class and text (and related materials). The better PD plans show how your insights can be FRAMED by the concepts in our course materials.
FORMAT:

I. “WHO AM I NOW?” Personal strengths and weaknesses which impact on managerial or professional success.

I think that the better plans use a series of indicators (multiple points) on this self-evaluation. Do not just shoot from the hip (make casual comments that do not show course understandings). I have, and the book does, point you toward many self-analysis questionnaires, exercises, and other tools that might be a basis for realizing some of your S(strengths) and W (weaknesses).

A NOTE ABOUT PERSONALITY: Please remember that your personality traits are notimportant in predicting your success in most jobs – except Conscientiousness. Your motivation, interest, experiences, and other factors, are far better predictors. Make sure your discussion shows that you understand this.

You can also include more anecdotal and less thoughtful evidence. For instance, while you must talk with 2 business leaders or professionals, you might well have input from family members and those who know you best about who you are and in what you might find success. Remember, regardless of where you get your information, frame your self-analysis conclusions in our “course terms.” (Do not just “name drop” course terms – that will actually count against you.)

II. “WHAT ARE MY GOALS FOR MY FUTURE?” As I mentioned above, you need

A. Short term goals (up to 1 year),

B. Medium term goals (up to 5 years), and

C. Long-term goals (longer than 5 years away).

If you don’t know where you are going you won’t know when you get there.” Goals can get fuzzier the further out they are, although some people have firm long-term goals early in life. Spend some time thinking about these goals for your life. These should be both personal and professional since they interrelate. Many accomplishments in life could not be achieved without goals – and a plan to reach them (see III).

III. “WHAT IS MY DEVELOPMENTAL PLAN FOR THE FUTURE?” The short-, medium-, and long-term plansthat will enable your goals.

You will include a Strengths-Weaknesses analysis of yourself under “I” but what are you actually going to do about these things and when are you going to do them to hit your goals in “II”? This is an opportunity to prepare a personal development plan where you, at least this once, put pen to paper and sketch out how you will progress. Of course, “life” will get in the way of the best plans, but many things in life cannot be accomplished without a plan.
I, II, and III are the heart of what I want you to work through BU