Self-development allows individuals not just to achieve their career and personal goals, but also helps to support the achievement of business objectives since skilled, fulfilled employees will make more effective contributions to the activities of businesses. It is also beneficial as you may well receive more positive feedback from stakeholders and greater client retention.
Personal and professional development ensures your current knowledge and skills are always up to date, which will enable you to provide clients with the best possible service. You can track your development using CPD and PDP logs which will allow you to reflect on your progress and identify any improvements that can be made. Some employers ask to see potential employee’s CPD and PDP logs as it shows that they would be valuable to the business and progress within it.
Personal and professional development also means that you can keep up with trends and developments within your profession. If relevant rules and regulations change, all members of staff would be expected to be up to date which will then form part of their continuing professional development.
An example of a recent change is the GDPR legislation which has affected a lot of companies. It is important that you are developing and gaining knowledge in this area otherwise there may be legal consequences for the company (https://torrwaterfield.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/are-you-ready-for-gdpr-25-may-2018/).
In order to identify trends within your profession, you could look at ways in which your business has changed, how these changes have affected functions and roles and how the changes can be managed to your best advantage. Examples of changes include the growing use of social media and the internet, customer feedback and expansion or globalisation.
To find out more about how you can create a personal development plan you can visit: http://www.mindofwinner.com/create-personal-development-plan/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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