Many people look at their career satisfaction as an essential factor to consider when taking a job. Some jobs offer room for growth, but it is worth knowing what other benefits you can expect from your work.
A professional development plan (or PDP) is one way that companies continue to invest in employees’ skills and allow workers to have an opportunity to increase their market value.
What is a Professional Development Plan?
A professional development plan often referred to as a PDP, is something that is set up by you and your company to help you improve your skillset and grow in your career. A PDP should specify what specific objectives need to be met and what resources will be available to you to help you meet those objectives.
A PDP is different from a performance review, which is usually done annually, and focuses more on your past performance. A PDP should be reviewed and updated regularly, preferably every six months.
PDPs are often used in conjunction with other professional development tools, such as online courses, job shadowing, and mentorship programs.
Benefits of Having a Professional Development Plan
There are a few key benefits to having a PDP in place:
- You can improve your skillset and grow in your career.
- You have a plan tailored specifically to you, which considers your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
- The company can invest in the skills of their employees and keep them up to date with the latest trends and technologies.
- You can track your progress and see how you are doing against your objectives.
- It can help you get a promotion or a raise, as it shows that you are taking the initiative to improve your skillset.
- It gives you a sense of ownership over your career and helps you feel more engaged with your work.
- It can help reduce stress and anxiety, as you have a plan in place that outlines what you need to do and when you need to do it.
If you are thinking of asking for a raise or applying for a promotion, having a professional development plan in place can give you a competitive edge. It can also show your boss that you are taking the initiative and are invested in your career. This will provide you with a valuable advantage in your career and help you get ahead of other employees who may not have put as much thought into their careers.
How To Set up Your Professional Development Plan
Setting up a professional development plan is not hard, but it does take some effort on your part. Think about what skills are needed for the job and what skills would benefit you to have to advance in your career. Then, set out some specific objectives that need to be met and how you will track your progress. If possible, think of some resources or tools that can help you meet those goals and let your manager know about them.
By setting up a professional development plan, you take control of your career and ensure that you are getting the most out of your job. It can be a challenge to meet all of the objectives in a PDP, but with some hard work and dedication, it can be done. Having a PDP in place will help you grow in your career and give you the skillset to advance.
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