professional identity and development plan


Students are asked to produce a written professional identity and development plan which focuses on the four overarching question’s below.

Students should aim to write approximately 400 words for each of the four overarching questions. This would amount to a total word length of 1600 words for this assessment. 


Each of these overarching questions are supported by a series of sub-questions which are designed to help guide your responses. While some of the sub-questions are descriptive in nature in that they get you to explore what you have done and what you plan to do, this assessment also requires you to engage in in-depth reflection, analysis and forward thinking.

With this in mind your responses should explore the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘how’ but also importantly the ‘why’.  Not all of the sub-questions are required to be included and students are encouraged to consider which of the sub-questions are most meaningful and useful for their own career development.

Students are welcome to introduce their own sub-questions if they effectively support the overarching question. 

Students should utilise highly relevant scholarly sources to validate the claims/plans/objectives being made and to help inform their development plan (some tips on where references to literature might be placed is provided in the below). 

Student may wish to make reference to the Griffith Graduate Attributes where relevant and appropriate





Notes on structure, presentation and formatting

The written component should be approximately 1600 words in length (excluding references) +/- 10%.

The structure of the plan should be clear and logical

Given the reflective and individual focus of this assessment, first-person expression should be used

The plan should be free of grammatical and typographical errors

The document should be setup with 12 point font, 1.5 line spacing, A4 paper size, with 2.5cm margins 

The file should be named in the following format ‘Surname_FirstName_3012EHR’

Notes on referencing

The plan should be supported using in-text citations and a reference list containing a minimum of four contemporary academic peer-refereed journal articles (ideally most should be published within the last 10 years unless they are seminal articles). Beyond journal articles students are encouraged to look more broadly at other information freely available on the web (please be sure to cite all sources). 

Students should consistently apply either the APA or Harvard referencing system

Please note that the reference list does not contribute towards the word count