Introduction to Personal Development Planning (PDP) Jovin Kitau

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  • Introduction to Personal Development Planning (PDP) Jovin Kitau
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  • Overview of the PDP session An introduction to PDP and how it works An opportunity to think about your own personal development and career needs Start developing draft objectives for your PDP Action plan
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  • A strategy to support individuals with their educational, career and professional development A dynamic process - an iterative cycle of critical reflection, planning, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating Used in a variety of contexts - 2001 formal policy in the UK Higher Education system - 2004, mandatory for all postgraduate research students funded by UK research councils From 2006, used with specific groups of researchers in Africa to support their career and professional development PDP Overview
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  • What is PDP? a and process undertaken by an individual to upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to for their personal, educational and career development [QAA, 2000] structured supported reflect plan In the context of UK Higher Education... An iterative cycle of Planning, Doing, Recording, Reviewing and Evaluating
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  • Self assessment, identifying & setting personal goals & targets & thinking about how they might be achieved Develop a plan and carrying out activities, developing attitudes relating to plans Evidence (learning, achievements, ideas...) to support reflective learning The evidence of learning, reflecting on what has happened and making sense of it Making judgements (about self, own work, learning) and determining what needs to be done to develop/improve/ move on Making judgements (about self, own work, learning) and determining what needs to be done to develop/improve/ move on Using personal knowledge & evaluation to plan future actions, change thinking, beliefs and behaviours and communicate learning and achievement to others Planning Doing Recording Reviewing Evaluating The PDP Cycle
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  • As a researcher, why do I need PDP? Support and Enhance your personal, professional and career development and take ownership of it An opportunity to help you develop and reach your full potential as an all rounded and excellent researcher Empower you as a researcher to make an impact in your career and aspire to excellence Evidence the impact of your professional and career development Enhance the training and development of researchers in here at KCMC
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  • How can PDP help me to develop as a researcher? Focus your research and career development and choose methods of development most suited to you Develop self-reflective and critical thinking skills that are so crucial to learning and confidence building Be confident about setting yourself career goals Highlight and articulate the evidence of all your skills and knowledge in your CV, in job applications and at interviews
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  • But just to be clear... Your Personal Development Plan is not a research plan or a replacement for a research plan. It should complement it It should not be a list of the stages of the research process, but a plan of personally identified skills and knowledge needed to help development as a researcher during and beyond your PhD programme
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  • Some resources...
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  • Researcher Development Framework RDF Framework of the knowledge, behaviour and attitudes of successful researchers Enables self- assessment of strengths and areas for further development www.vitae.ac.uk/rdf
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  • Subject knowledge, research methodology (theoretical and practical application), critical thinking, problem solving... Self-reflection, responsive to change, time management, networking, career management and CPD Publications, dissemination of results and impact, team working, collaborations, influence and leadership, people management, mentoring Knowledge and application of ethical principles, legal requirements and regulations, project planning and delivery, financial management and income and funding generation
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  • Joint Skills Statement Based on a document devised by the UK Research Councils, it sets out 7 areas of skills and competencies to assist researchers with their development 1.Research skills and techniques 2.Research management 3.Research environment 4.Personal effectiveness 5.Communication skills 6.Networking and team working 7.Career management
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  • 1.Research Skills & Techniques Recognizing and validating research problems. Understanding the relevant research methodologies and techniques for appropriate application to your research 2. Research Environment 3.Research Management 4. Personal Effectiveness 7.Career Management 5. Communication skills Awareness of research issues: e.g. standards of good research practice, confidentiality, ethical issues, copyright Effective project management; using information technology appropriately for database management, recording and presenting information Demonstrate self-awareness and the ability to identify own training needs. Show initiative, work independently and be self- reliant Writing skills appropriate to style & purpose, e.g. progress reports, published documents, thesis. Presentation skills construct arguments & defend research at seminars, conferences, viva. 6. Networking & Team-working Develop and maintain networks and working relationships with supervisors, colleagues and peers within the institution and the wider research community Take ownership and manage your career development and progression. Present skills, personal attributes and experiences through effective CVs, applications and interviews
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  • PDP Terminology PDP is the entire process The Plan: PDP can also mean your Personal Development Plan Which is then referred to as my PDP The Plan: PDP can also mean your Personal Development Plan Which is then referred to as my PDP The Activities: + Planning + Developing + Implementing + Monitoring + Reflecting + Recording + Reporting The System: The tools, the support, any in- built formal systems (e.g. the annual reporting) The System: The tools, the support, any in- built formal systems (e.g. the annual reporting)
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  • Some useful websites http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/1218/Postgraduate -researchers.html http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/1218/Postgraduate -researchers.html http://www.authoraid.info/ http://www.authoraid.info/ http://www.medcol.mw/rsc/index.htm http://www.medcol.mw/rsc/index.htm http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/learning/pdp http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/learning/pdp
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  • Getting started with your PDP Hazel Mccullough
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  • Learning objectives By the end of this session, you will have: Identified at least one personal and career development need Developed at least one PDP objective to write into your PDP Action Plan
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  • Self assessment, identifying & setting personal goals & targets & thinking about how they might be achieved Planning Doing Recording Reviewing Evaluating The PDP Cycle
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  • Action Planning for your PDP Part of your PDP action planning involves setting overall aim(s) and objectives Your plan also includes the activities, resources and opportunities to help you achieve these Setting these PDP activities in a time frame Thinking about how you will show evidence of achievement Recording your achievement Reflecting on your learning
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  • Your PDP Aims This is a broad statement of what you set out to achieve over a defined period of time It states your intention of purpose Ask yourself What do I want to achieve by undertaking this PDP? Where do I want to be in 5 years time?
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  • Self assessment, identifying & setting personal goals & targets & thinking about how they might be achieved Developing a plan, carrying out activities, developing attitudes relating to plans Planning Doing Recording Reviewing Evaluating The PDP Cycle Starting to write your Plan
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  • Your PDP Objectives These are the bite-sized chunks to help you achieve your aim(s) You may need one or you may need several objectives to help you achieve each of your identified areas for development Not all your objectives will be about developing skills or even new skills. Some will be about developing knowledge or changing behaviours and attitudes. Some might be about improving or developing skills that you have got already but at a higher or more advanced level Your objectives need to be SMART Most importantly, your objectives relate to your goals
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  • Self-assessment exercise 1.Think about where you are with your PhD, your research project, your career 2. Make a list of the area or areas where you feel you may need to develop / improve to help you progress with your research / PhD / career 1.Research skills and techniques 2.Research management 3.Research environment 4.Personal effectiveness 5.Communication skills 6.Networking and team working 7.Career management
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  • PDP self-assessment exercise Strengths What am I good at doing? Areas for Development What areas do I need to work on/ develop or improve? Opportunities What are the opportunities / Who are th