Personal Development Planning

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Personal Development Planning (PDP) Personal Development Planning, or PDP helps learners think, not only about the learning that has already taken place, but also planning for the future. PDP is a great way to build on all the opportunities university life has to offer, but it is up to you as an individual to decide what you want to get out of PDP and how to set about doing this. This Advice Sheet will help you to: • • • • Recognise what is involved in PDP Identify opportunities presented to you Practise techniques to support PDP through action planning Employ a PDP tool, for example the electronic tool, RAPID What is PDP? …. 1 Identifying opportunities .... 2 Practising PDP.... 2 Using RAPID ….4 What is PDP? Personal Development Planning can be defined as a process that helps you to think about your own learning, performance and/or achievements and to plan for your personal, educational and career development. PDP, therefore, makes you aware of how you are progressing and this awareness brings a number of benefits. For example, it will be easier to identify to tutors areas of concern and it will help you to demonstrate to prospective employers that, through PDP, you have acquired strategies that make you a desirable, well motivated and focussed individual. Furthermore, PDP processes can motivate you when your interest starts to wane. The main PDP processes that help learners think about their learning and to plan for the future usually include: • • • • • Reflection – pulling different thoughts and ideas together to make sense for a particular purpose Recording – thoughts, ideas, experiences; you can keep records in written form or use audio, video, etc. Action planning – setting out a plan means more likely achievement of a goal Executing – carrying out activities referred to in the action plan Evaluating – making sense of what you have been doing

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