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Untangling the professional development plan: a 'how to' guide for information professionals

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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UNTANGLING THE
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 	

PLAN
Alisa Howlett	

 | info pro. writer. brisbanite. traveller.	

!
TAFE Brisbane Library - 23 July 2014
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
WHAT DOES A	

!
PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT PLAN
!
LOOK LIKE?
…ummm
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
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
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

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Untangling the professional development plan: a 'how to' guide for information professionals

  • 1. UNTANGLING THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN Alisa Howlett | info pro. writer. brisbanite. traveller. ! TAFE Brisbane Library - 23 July 2014
  • 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. WHAT DOES A ! PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN ! LOOK LIKE? …ummm
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. KEEPINGTRACK: RECORDING PD ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES the career journal - start one! ALIA PD scheme regularly review and make adjustments
  • 9. ! A CLEAR ENOUGH • PATH • IDEA • DIRECTION ! TO FORGE MEANINGFUL CAREER: • EXPERIENCES • OPPORTUNITIES • OUTCOMES Ireland, 2009
  • 10. LEARNING ABOUTTHE PROCESS what I’ll improve with my professional development plan
  • 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. info pro. cultural heritage. discovery & engagement technology. info & knowledge management innovation. writer. love to travel. ! ! ! ! ! Alisa Howlett @acrystelle acrystelle.com