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Professional development session cdpi fall 2010 conf

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Leading with your Strengths, Liz Bushnell

Leading with your Strengths, Liz Bushnell

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  • Introduction
  • First half of the session, walk through some exercises to evaluate who you are as a professional and identify what’s next in your professional growthSecond half of the session, we’ll hear from some CDPI leaders about opportunities within the organization that can help us achieve that professional growth
  • What comes to mind when you think of professional development? Conferences, training, publications, time commitmentHow many of you talk about professional development for your students?How many of you have a plan for your personal professional development?We know how to do it and we know it’s important and we’re constantly helping students do this, but we run into two big obstacles when it comes to our own professional development 1. Time to do it and 2. An intentional plan of what to do and how to do it- We’ll mainly address the plan, but also share some ideas for how CDPI can help with the time and costs
  • How many are familiar with SWOT? SWOT is…, internal/external analysisMost have used it for analysis of an organization or departmentIntroduced to the idea of personal SWOT analysis by UofE session last spring and NACE CCIUsing it in my class, did my own as an example, realized benefit to planning out my own professional development
  • For strengths, included experience, skills and accomplishments – considered what makes me successful, what would I “market”?For weaknesses, focused on experience/training gaps, but could add personal characteristics
  • Take 5-7 minutes to start this on your worksheet
  • Consider external factors – helps to identify trends and needs in the profession, can use to go back to yourpersonal development – what training or skills do you have or need to address what’s happening in the field?
  • Break into 6 groups (birthday months on papers, on wall)Assign Opportunities or Threats to brainstorm as a group5-7 minutesCollect as whole
  • Consider how opportunities and threats influence your SW analysisUse the SWOT analysis to develop your professional development plan:What should you continue and what can you improve?How can you do it?
  • Can also get started on resources/ideas, but CDPI panel will help with that too5-7 minutes


  • 1. Leading with Your Strengths for Professional Development
    CDPI Fall Conference
    October 22, 2010
  • 2. Agenda
    Importance of Professional Development
    SWOT Analysis
    Creating your Professional Development Plan
    CDPI Leadership Panel
  • 3. Professional Development
  • 4. SWOT Analysis
  • 5. My SWOT
  • 6. Individual Exercise
    • What strengths and experience help you to succeed in the Career Services field?
    • 7. What weaknesses or lack of experience might hold you back in the Career Services field?
  • My SWOT
    How does the external environment affect our profession as a whole?
  • 8. Discussion Groups
    • What external issues, trends and events present an opportunity for the Career Services field?
    • 9. What external issues, trend and events present a threat for the Career Services field?
  • My SWOT
  • 10. Professional Development Plan Example
  • 11. Individual Exercise
    Based on your SWOT analysis, brainstorm some professional development goals
  • 12. CDPI Leadership Panel
    Facilitator: Anita Yoder
    Director of Career Services, Goshen College
    CDPI President-Elect
    Panelists: Kirk Bixler
    Director of Career Services, Franklin College
    CDPI Past-President
    Liz Bushnell
    Director of Career Services, Manchester College
    CDPI President
    Nick Haggenjos
    Director of Career Services Operations and Alumni Relations, Harrison College
    CDPI At-Large Board Member
  • 13. Thanks, everyone!