PRACTICAL STEPS TO PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Practical Steps to Personal Development
Practical steps can be taken to enhance personal development, including:
Organising your time.
Producing a personal CV or résumé.
Undertaking a skills appraisal.
Looking at your transferable skills.
Overcoming barriers to learning a new skill.
Organising Your Time
If you are considering making changes in your life, finding additional time often poses a problem. It could be that the changes you are thinking of making are to ensure you have extra time to:
Spend with your family.
Spend on things you enjoy doing.
Devote to your work.
Devote to your education.
Whatever the reason, looking at how you spend your time will encourage you to think of ways your time could be managed more effectively.
Time Management and Minimising Distractions give further information about how you may manage your time more effectively, these include:
Learning to say ‘no’ to jobs or requests that you feel are not your responsibility.
Learning to delegate — sharing jobs can be fun and will leave you with more time. See our page, Delegation Skills.
Making a ’to do’ list of tasks you need to do each day/week, ticking off tasks that you complete.
Giving up things you do not really want or need to do.
Identifying your high and low times of the day. Everyone has a time when he/she feels more or less energetic. Try to do the most demanding tasks when you have the greatest energy as you will do them more quickly, thereby releasing more time to spend on other things.
For many people their personal development will involve setting goals; these might be to change behaviour — as in looking at their time management — learning new skills or advancing their career.
Many employers are looking for the same sorts of skills. These include good communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team and the ability to learn — these are often termed ‘Soft Skills’ and are the sorts of skills that SkillsYouNeed writes about. Beyond that the skills required will depend on the particular job.
See our pages: Employability Skills and Study Skills for more
Personal Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé
Drawing up a CV or résumé is not only necessary when applying for jobs, it can also be very useful for your own benefit and will help you appraise the skills you have gained through education, training, employment, voluntary work, leisure and other activities. In turn it will help to highlight skills that you should work on developing.
To my mind: A resume should also be futuristic.
Imagine writing Skills and competencies End of 2016/2017/2018.This will give you idea about future personal development plan.
Also be realistic to your own self and due a SWOT analysis begining of 2016.
There are numerous different ways of setting out and presenting a CV or résumé for the purpose of applying for a job — you should be very careful to include all relevant information and make sure your document is well written and well presented.
However, for the purpose of a personal CV or résumé, for your own reference and as a way to access your skills a simple format is all that is needed.
Quick guide to preparing your personal CV or résumé:
Split your document with headings and include Education, Training, Past Experience, Skills etc.
Use dates to establish when each item on your personal résumé was achieved, i.e. when did you graduate, when did you learn a particular skill.
Keep your personal CV or résumé concise, the aim is to list your skills and abilities, not write an essay about them.
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