WK 5 Assgn. Dogonyaro. H. (PDP).doc - 1 Professional Development Plan Hauwa Dogonyaro Walden University 2 Abstract This paper examines the importance of

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1 Professional Development Plan Hauwa Dogonyaro Walden University
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Abstract This paper examines the importance of a Professional Development Plan (PDP) as a guide to achieve set goals. It outlines the set goals, motivation, steps and timeframe to achieve success. It explains how our personal strengths and weaknesses contribute to the development of a PDP relevant to the set goals. It also examines the personal and professional set goals - to become a consultant, to become a public speaker and to meet successful online business owners with a time frame of the actualization of these goals. These can be achieved by creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and the effective use of social media tools for success and publicity. Professional Development Plan 2
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We need to make plans to guide our lives and achieve our goals, priortize the most important goals and design steps to achieve them. We live in a world of diverse culture where different people come together from different works of life to discover and learn from each other for personal and professional development. Every day has its own challenges. We start the day without knowing what will become of us at the end of the day. We sometimes start a path – personal or professional, without any form of assurance for completion. Uncertainties of life make us detour as the years pass by. There are goals which I developed at the beginning of the course – to become a consultant, to become a public speaker and to meet successful online business owners. Research suggests that participation in organized activities leads to personal and social development during adolescence (Hansen et al. 2003; Larson 2000; Mohoney et al. 2005). PDP is a structured process of creating activities to enhance an individuals career and personal development. There are goals to be set to achieve success in the long run, but there has to be a conscious effort to factor in an individual’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT). “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” (Durant, 1991). Active involvement in school-based extracurricular activities enhance the development of social skills, expanded social network and support (Eccles & Templeton, 2002; Holland & Andre, 1987; Patrick et al, 1999). Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on social media is a means of associating with people from different works of life. This creates a healthy relationship with an opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other. The four model drivers – Energy, Focus, Speed, and Challenge is a self – assessment tool that helps to identify leadership levels and identify areas of improvement (Casse, 2014). It’s also important to complete a personal SWOT analysis to identify areas for improvement. It helps to give a better understanding of my strengths 3
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and manage my weaknesses, as well as uncover opportunities for growth and eliminate threats that could deter my success (Shaw, 2017).
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