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Manage your own career

A personal development plan: how do you begin?

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A personal development plan: how do you begin?

A PDP – personal development plan – helps you manage the conditions for the development of your career and personal skills as well as their progress. You set up a PDP in consultation with your employer; you determine your learning objectives in the form of courses, seminars or coaching and he makes time and money available to facilitate them. 

Nice! But how do you begin? You will find a few tips below to get you started.

1. What is the starting point of your development plan?

When drawing up your PDP, determine which starting points are involved:

  • Current and future job requirements
  • Your function in the company
  • Your career wishes
  • The long-term goals of the organisation

2. Dwell on yourself

It’s all about you, which means you have to be introspective.

  • What are you good at?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • What do you like to do?
  • How do you picture your ideal career?
  • What are your ambitions in the short and long term?

3. Determine your goals and describe them

Define your ultimate goal in a diagram, and then make smaller subdivisions, with clear and easily achievable targets. You will notice that you seem to move forward towards your goal with so much more ease.

4. Dreaming is allowed!

Even though not all dreams come true, “big dreams lead to great deeds!” (A. Malraux) Today’s dreams are the blueprints for tomorrow’s world.

5. Create your own top 10 chart

Write down your wishes and then decide which ones are your top 10. Also ask yourself at what point you were most happy in your private life and at work. What is different today? Write down the reasons..

6. See the new good prospects

Thinking in terms of possibilities opens the way to new prospects. Such a mind-set affects your development process directly. All the negative experiences provide opportunities, even if it is not immediately clear. By having this state of mind, you will see that there are more opportunities than limitations. Grab those opportunities with both hands for the benefit of your development.

7. Do not forget the follow-up

You’re hard at work; you and your employer are responsible for the proper execution of your PDP. Consider follow-up times and a final evaluation when everything is finished.

And afterwards you can start yet another PDP; life never stands still and lifelong learning and self-development is the key to a successful career!