Exploration of my Approach to Professional Development

This section explores where I am now in relation to Professional Development (PD). The following are some critical questions to ask yourself…

  • What is my Experience of PD?
  • Why Does PD Matter to me?
  • What do I want to learn using the PDF?
  • How will I know I am doing this?
  • What does the Professional Body I belong to say about my role?
  • What PD supports are available to me in my Organization? Are these unique to my role? How do they compare to other roles?
  • What do I know about my engagement with PD?
  • What engagement do I have with a Professional Body to support my practice?
  • What does the Professional Body do to support and recognize PD?
  • Am I aware of the LAI/CILIP Professional Knowledge & Skills Base? Am I engaging with it and if so, what am I learning/working with?
  • Am I writing?
  • Am I contributing to the discipline and field of practice?
  • What are my hopes, fears and expectations in using the PDF? It can be accessed here:https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PD-Framework-FINAL-1.pdf

Looking Towards the Future: Dreams and Aspirations

Here are some prompts to help you think and reflect on the topic:

  • What are my dreams? What would I like to do and be in the future?
  • Where would I like to see myself in 2/5/10 years time? Take the time to consider each milestone.
  • How would I like to be?
  • Are there things I would like to change/be different?
  • How might I get there?
  • What might I need to get there?
  • Who can help me get there?
  • Thinking of my reflection on my role and dreams, what training and learning do I need now?
  • What do I see as the outcomes of learning and training that I need/want?
  • What is my plan to get this? Develop a Learning Plan with dates and milestones for yourself.
  • What can I put in place to help me see my evolution/progression and achievements?
  • What Qualities/Skills/Attitudes to I need to do this?
  • How will I know I’ve done this?