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Remote Career Tip: Create a Personalized Professional Development Plan

Do you have skills you want to work on? Goals you'd like to achieve? We all do. But: do you have a personalized professional development plan that incorporates all those goals into an achievable learning path? If not, you should consider creating one.

What is personalized professional development?

Professional development is the act of learning in order to gain skills or credentials necessary to succeed in the workplace. There are formal and structured professional development opportunities academic degrees like academic degrees and certification programs. But it can also include informal or more unstructured learning experiences like classes, video series, and reading texts related to your industry.

to earn or maintain professional credentials such as academic degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. personalized professional development plan is a concrete path for developing specific skills.

Steps

The steps are pretty simple:

  1. Decide what you need to work on
  2. Identify learning opportunities
  3. Set specific goals and map out when they need to happen
  4. Make those goals happen

While the steps are simple, there are some challenges that come with personalized professional development:

  1. Choosing the right learning opportunities
  2. Keeping up with learning goals
  3. Staying on track
  4. Evaluating results

Luckily, there are resources out there that will help you. One of these resources is Learning in Bloom, which in addition to providing learning tips, also has a free ecourse on developing your own personalized professional development plan. 

When you don't have a career trajectory clearly laid out, it can be challenging to figure out what to work on and how. Use as many resources as you have available to you to determine what you should work.

Having trouble deciding on the skills you'd like to develop? Try asking a mentor to help guide you — some of the questions you could ask include:

  1. What do you wish you knew when you were at the stage that I am at?
  2. What is a topic that you think everyone should learn?
  3. Do you foresee any topics as being especially helpful to me in the future?
  4. In your view, what are some of the things that are holding me back?

By creating a personalized development plan you're more likely to achieve your goals and advance your remote career. Learn more about developing a plan that works for you by signing up for Learning in Bloom's course.

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