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Action Plans

  1. 1. Action Plans Personal Development and Planning Unit DE3R34
  2. 2. Section 1 of your Portfolio <ul><li>Where am I now? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence: CV, letters of reference, certificates, PIES, SWOT, learning style questionnaires, reflective written pieces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where do I want to go next? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence: research about university courses or jobs, evidence of agency visits or notes from discussions with employers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How am I going to get there? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence: Action Plan </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is an Action Plan <ul><li>Sets out your goals for the next six months </li></ul><ul><li>Details how you will achieve them </li></ul><ul><li>Including what individuals or resources you will employ to help you </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a mechanism for you to look back and measure how far you have come </li></ul>
  4. 4. Deciding on your Goals <ul><li>Objectives for your current year of study </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want out of this course? </li></ul><ul><li>This could include personal things like increased confidence or academic things like increasing computer literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking back to your PIES exercise or SWOT Analysis might be helpful here </li></ul><ul><li>Activity: Write down some of the things you hope to get out of this course, think as widely as you can. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Deciding on your Goals <ul><li>Where do you want to go on completion of the course? </li></ul><ul><li>This could include further study at university or a particular job which you would like to get. </li></ul><ul><li>Activity: Write down where you hope to be by the end of the course. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Prioritising your Goals <ul><li>Make a list of your top 5 goals </li></ul><ul><li>Share and discuss with you neighbour </li></ul><ul><li>Is there any overlap between you goals? </li></ul><ul><li>If you had to choose just two or three what would they be? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Make sure your Objectives are SMART <ul><li>Specific – are your objectives clear </li></ul><ul><li>Measurable – will it be easy to tell if you have made progress on your objective </li></ul><ul><li>Achievable – are your objectives achievable given the time and resources available to you </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic – are your targets relevant and appropriate to you situation and circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Time bound – is there a clear time scale for your goals, can you break down your goal in to smaller stepping stones, what are they? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Structure of the Action Plan <ul><li>Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Why Wanted – i.e. rationale, consider Personal reasons, Other reasons </li></ul><ul><li>Main Benefit – to me, to others </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility – how hard/ easy to achieve, include barrier (things that might get in the way) and solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping Stones – these are the small things you will have to do to get there </li></ul><ul><li>Review Date – to be set with your tutor </li></ul>
  9. 9. Formatting your Action Plan <ul><li>You have been given a template for your Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Working in pairs complete the first template </li></ul>