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Professional Development

Professional Development (PD) is quite simply a means of supporting people in the workplace to understand more about the environment in which they work, the job they do and how to do it better. It is an ongoing process throughout our working lives.

PD opportunities provide a means whereby we can keep in sync the changes, broaden our skills and be more effective in our work.

Professional Development

  1. 1. What is Professional Development? Professional Development (PD) is quite simply a means of supporting people in the workplace to understand more about the environment in which they work, the job they do and how to do it better. It is an ongoing process throughout our working lives. PD opportunities provide a means whereby we can keep in sync the changes, broaden our skills and be more effective in our work.
  2. 2. PD can be part of an individual’s personal ambition to be a better practitioner, enhance his/her career prospects or to simply feel more confident about their work and make it more personally fulfilling. It can be a step on the ladder to higher qualifications or enhanced job prospects or be required by professional bodies to maintain professional status. It can be part of meeting targets set by workforce performance management schemes or an opportunity for individuals to change their career paths.
  3. 3. Examples of activities that contribute to professional growth and development Continuing Education •Enrollment in formal degree programs •Pursuing certificates, accreditations or other credentials through educational programs Participation in professional organizations •Attending local, regional, national, and international meetings, conferences and workshops sponsored by professional organizations •Presenting papers, workshops at conferences and workshops •Serving as an officer, board member, or committee member •Coordinating events sponsored by the organization
  4. 4. Enrollment in training programs •Attending workshops and courses Research •Conducting research •Presenting findings of research to others Improved job performance •Keeping up with technology, systems, processes •Learning about new developments in your field •Improving existing skills Increased duties and responsibilities •Taking on new challenges in current position, projects, short-term assignments
  5. 5. Benefits for Individuals Improve your career prospects by achieving additional qualifications Respond to changing conditions at work Achieve advancement at work Change career Meet the requirements of professional bodies Understand the latest developments in your field Develop your knowledge of the environment in which you work Be better at doing your job Achieve personal development
  6. 6. Benefits for Employers For quality and a good working environment finds it easier to attract and retain excellent employees where professional development is embedded with business strategy.
  7. 7. Importance of Professional Development Be better able to recognise opportunity; Be more aware of the trends and directions in technology and society; Become increasingly effective in the workplace; Be able to help, influence and lead others by your example; Be confident of your future employability; Have a fulfilling and rewarding career.
  8. 8. Approaches to Professional Development Skill Based Training Effective skill-based training allows participants to learn conceptual information or necessary behaviours, practice learning the new information or behaviours, and receive feedback on their performance. Making the most of a training program: Have a discussion with supervisor regarding reasons for attending, what you hope to get out of it; Post-conference – debrief the experience. Discuss what you have learned at the training session and how you might immediately apply it to your work. Practice skills that you learned.
  9. 9. Job Assignments Learning by doing – by working on real problems and dilemmas May be an entirely new job, a responsibility added to an existing job such as a short-term project The key element in a developmental assignment is challenge Developmental Relationships Learning through interaction with others. Three major roles that a person can play include: assessment, challenge and support.
  10. 10. Critical Components of an Effective Professional Development Plan 1. Assessment There is an established standard of success to describe what an individual who is successful looks like. There is a means of assessing where the individual is against this standard and continual assessment of progress that has been made. 2. Challenge It must be something that stretches people, pushes them out of their comfort zones, and requires them to think and act differently. 3. Support We tend to think only of monetary support, but what are the environmental support mechanisms. Who will provide guidance, feedback, and assistance as the individual tries out new skills, or takes on responsibilities that are beyond the scope of their current skill level?
  11. 11. 10 Key Points for Professional Development 1) Developing Action steps 2) Set Long term goals first 3) Technical knowledge 4) Developing Action-steps 5) Make a record of your “pinnacle moments” (satisfactory)
  12. 12. 6) Evaluate yourself 7) Explore context 8) Be ready for changes! 9) Make a list of your skills and how to put them into practice 10) Work in team
  13. 13. Professional Development Cycle The professional development cycle explains the process of effectively planning, doing, recording and reviewing your development. Whether for long-term development, or working towards a particular qualification or professional registration the professional development process will guide you and help you to plan and record your lifelong learning in a structured way. The process is designed for use at any stage of your life, whatever your career stage, or category of membership.
  14. 14. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CYCLE
  15. 15. Ways to Promote Professional Development in the Workplace a. Support and Model Behaviour b. Cross-Training Work Assignments c. Access to Resources d. Coaching and Development

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