Personal Development Plan (PDP) “is a document completed by an individual that details their intentions and actions with regard to their own development” (Cunningham et al., 2004, p.129). My personal development plan associated with the achievement of my career goals is represented in the following table:
|Increasing the level of cross-cultural awareness||Attending cross-cultural awareness training session||December 2014|
|Learning from real-life special events||Attending special events of various types and critically analysing the effectiveness of organisation and management||Every month until June 2016|
|To remain updated with the latest trends and news in events industry||To subscribe to “Special Events” magazine and to be reading each issue||Every month|
|To be increasing the level of knowledge about theoretical aspects of event management||Reading relevant academic literature||Every month|
|To be improving personal leadership skills||Attending ‘Essentials of Leadership’ 5-day program offered by London Business School||July 2014|
|To be enhancing the level of personal creativity||Attending ‘Creativity and Innovation’ 2-day course offered by Impact Factory||September 2014|
|To be improving personal time management skills||Attending ‘Time Management’ 1-day training course offered by Activia Training||November 2014|
|To find a personal coach among accomplished event managers||Studying the personalities of successful event managers, and initiating a contact with a highly experienced event manager||January 2015|
It is important to note that personal development needs to be perceived as a continuous process throughout the whole duration of career rather than being accepted as a one-time or occasional initiative.
Accordingly, all aspects of personal development plan provided in table above such as increasing the level of cross-cultural awareness, learning from real-life special events, remaining updated with the latest trends and news in events industry, and to be improving personal leadership skills are going to be invested in for the whole duration of career.
Cunningham, I., Dawes, G. & Bennett, B. (2004) “The Handbook of Work Based Learning” Gower Publishing Ltd