A complete guide on the personal professional development plan


There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a PPDP:

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-Start by assessing your current skills and experiences. What are you good at? What have you done in the past that you enjoyed? What would you like to learn more about?

-Set goals for your personal and professional growth. What do you want to achieve in the next year? In the next five years?

-Create a timeline for your goals. This will help you stay focused and accountable.

-Include activities that can help you achieve your goals, such as courses or seminars. Also include the steps from this article!

-Make sure to review your PPDP regularly. Check-in with yourself every year to see how you’re doing and adjust accordingly.

Note: a PPDP is different than a resume. While both are used to market yourself to potential employers, a PPDP focuses on personal growth and career development, while resumes focus more on your professional accomplishments.

Pros and Cons of the personal professional development plan

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The pros of having a personal professional development plan are that it can help you assess your skills and experiences, set goals for your personal and professional growth, and create a timeline for achieving those goals. It can also help you stay focused and accountable, and can be a great tool for career planning.

The cons of having a personal professional development plan are that it can be time-consuming to create, and may require some research to find the right resources. It’s also important to review your PPDP regularly to make sure it’s still relevant and effective.

Note: Have you heard of the difference between a PPDP and a resume before? If not, don’t worry. We’ll touch more on that in the next section!

Now let’s take a look at an example of how this would be written as an introduction to an article. The following is taken from one of my previous articles:

“What is a Resume?”

When writing an article, it’s important to provide the reader with a summary of what they can expect from the content. This will be your hook! In this case, I briefly explain what a PPDP is and how it differs from a resume.

If you’re new to writing or aren’t sure where to start, it can be helpful to look at a few examples that are similar to the topic you’d like to cover.

Let’s take a look at an example of how this would be written as an introduction to the article. The following is taken from one of my articles:

“What Information should I include in a Resume?”

When writing an article, it’s important to provide the reader with a summary of what they can expect from the content. This will be your hook! In this case, I briefly explain why resumes are important and the importance of tailoring yours for each job or internship you apply for.

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