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This presentation was initially delivered to the Queensland TAFE Library team in July 2014. It aims to make sense of the mystery behind developing a personal professional development plan that is flexible, yet informative in making good career decisions.

This presentation was initially delivered to the Queensland TAFE Library team in July 2014. It aims to make sense of the mystery behind developing a personal professional development plan that is flexible, yet informative in making good career decisions.

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  1. 1. UNTANGLING THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Alisa Howlett | info pro. writer. brisbanite. traveller. ! TAFE Brisbane Library - 23 July 2014
  2. 2. WHY HAVE A PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN? make meaningful contributions to: • our ongoing development • the organisation where we work • the profession we are a part make strategic and informed decisions about: • our next career step or learning experience • where to direct our energies and focus with PD activities have productive conversations with managers, etc about our development
  3. 3. WHAT DOES A ! PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN ! LOOK LIKE? …ummm
  4. 4. WHAT CAN GUIDE PD PLANNING? your personal career mission, driven by values and passion defining your current career need (eg. exploring different sectors, gaining a variety of learning experiences, honing specialised skills) position descriptions of roles you aspire to or want to plan towards professional interests priorities Byron Bay Lighthouse, 2012
  5. 5. FRAMEWORKS ANDTOOLS ALIA Core Knowledge and Skills or any equivalent for specialisations A list of generic skills and capabilities SWOT analysis Gap analysis by Andrew Menage CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr
  6. 6. PARTS AND STRUCTURE purpose statement - what will the plan help you achieve? (linked to current career need) goals, mission, directions what makes you tick, what are you looking for in a workplace, what are your priorities (both work and non-work related) a roadmap - what you’ll work or focus on, any PD activities or what you aim to achieve and when learning options and activities to develop knowledge and/or skills (practicing) essentially…. WHAT HOW WHEN Puzzle by Liza CC BY 2.0 via Flickr
  7. 7. LEARNING OPTIONS on the job training, experience, projects profession - literature, blogs, conferences personal learning network/ professional community formal training other sources (eg. MOOCs) (Dority, 2006, p.140-142)
  8. 8. KEEPINGTRACK: RECORDING PD ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES the career journal - start one! ALIA PD scheme regularly review and make adjustments
  9. 9. ! A CLEAR ENOUGH • PATH • IDEA • DIRECTION ! TO FORGE MEANINGFUL CAREER: • EXPERIENCES • OPPORTUNITIES • OUTCOMES Ireland, 2009
  10. 10. LEARNING ABOUTTHE PROCESS what I’ll improve with my professional development plan
  11. 11. USEFUL RESOURCES ALIA Career Planning information and templates Book:‘Rethinking Information Work:A career guide for librarians and other information professionals’ G. Kim Dority (2006) The Bamboo Project blog
  12. 12. info pro. cultural heritage. discovery & engagement technology. info & knowledge management innovation. writer. love to travel. ! ! ! ! ! Alisa Howlett @acrystelle acrystelle.com

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