Professional Development Strategy
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Professional Development StrategyLast Updated:
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Brought to you by Jenny Blake
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The Life After College Blog: http://www.pivotmethod.com/
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The Life After College Book: http://amzn.to/jennyblake
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Accompanying Blog Posts:
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Create a Professional Development Strategy - Part 1:http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/blog/2009/05/11/create-a-professional-development-strategy-part-1-of-2/
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Create a Professional Development Strategy - Part 2:http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/blog/2009/05/18/professional-dev-strategy-part-2/
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Step One: Explore Your Vision
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This is a time to reflect, relax and think of your life from a 10,000 foot-view. Don't worry about filling in every square, or even filling them in any order. The goal should be to get as much down as you possibly can. Be creative and try not to limit yourself to only what you think will be possible. There are no "shoulds" or wrong answers.
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BEDOLEARN
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What feelings or state of mind do you want to have? How do you want to impact others?What do you want to be doing? List tasks, projects or activities (in or outside of work)What classes do you want to take? Are you considering graduate school? Also include side interests or hobbies to learn more about.
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6 months
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1 year
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3 years
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Step Two: Bolster Your Background
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TALENTS/STRENGTHSSKILLS/EXPERIENCEPEOPLE TO TALK TO
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What are your biggest strengths? What do people frequently compliment you on? What are you naturally good at? When do you feel most "in the zone"? What job-related experience are you lacking and how can you develop those skills? What will it take to become an expert in one specific area of your domain? What new skills would take you from average to the top five percent?Who has already reached success in the area/s you've identified? Who would be able to provide helpful "one-off" advice as you pursue the goals you identified above? Who could be a mentor to you in these areas?
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Step Three: Set Specific Goals
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Instructions: Now it's time to consolidate your brainstorm from parts one and two (above) into three specific areas for development. Choose the areas first, then fill in your vision, goal, benchmarks and resources
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GOALBENEFITSSTEPS
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What is your developmental goal? What would success look like? What will you do by when, and how will you know if you are successful?What are the benefits of this goal? What will keep you motivated when you encounter challenges?What steps will you take? Come up with 4-5 key milestones for each goal.
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Area for Development #1: {Fill in}
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Area for Development #2: {Fill in}
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Area for Development #3: {Fill in}
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Optional—Step Four: Design Your Next Career Move
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Choosing your next career move can be a challenging proposition, especially if you know you’re looking for something different than what you have now. Fill out the following table (in no particular order) by going for quantity, not quality. List anything and everything you could possibly want, and don’t be afraid to dream big!
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CAN'T HAVES / DEAL BREAKERSNICE TO HAVESMUST-HAVES
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Company Size
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Salary
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Types of People
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Culture
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Location
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Job Role / Tasks
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Industry/Dept
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Other
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