Tips to Enhance Personal and Professional Development
Personal and professional development is consistent process adopted by individual to gain new learning, skills and competencies regarding its vocation, job duties and work surroundings (ALSUP, 2006). It is a conventional procedure that assist a working individual to frame career goals, plan of actions and results of acquired knowledge and improvisation through training. This process is mostly adopted by, career oriented individuals, professors, supervisors and managers etc. In this report learning will be shown regarding implication of personal and professional development plan to individual as well as organization. In this report various approaches of self managed learning will be described.
1.1 Various approaches of self-managed learning
Self-managed learning is an approach used by individual to find various ways of enhancing knowledge and skills within business enterprise. The self managed learning help individual in identifying its learning needs and ascertain the mode and source of learning. Further, individual takes effective decision like, what, how and whom to learn. The self managed learning is an important aspect that help a person in attaining its personal and professional objectives by enhancing its learning. The different approaches that can be adopted by individual to ensure self managed learning are as follows: (explain more self managed learning)
Internet: It is regarded as residence of immense data that is provided to large number of individual at minimal cost. One can enhance its knowledge regarding different aspects using sites like Google, academic journal, PDFS, articles engrossed by scholars, experts of different field etc. With the aid of this data individual can attain knowledge which is crucial for career growth (Learning method, 2009).
Advantages - The benefit of using internet as medium of self managed learning is that, it help it is 24*7 hours available source which can be assessed by individual as per its convenience. Thereafter, person is itself in charge of its self learning procedure.
Disadvantages - However, it has some limitations like, it can misguide as there is huge amount of unreliable, inauthentic and wrong information. For instance, information of Wikipedia, slide share can be edited by anybody.
Observing: Is a part of self-managed learning, a method of evaluating and recording specific information, is the most common method used for getting information about the various thinks, is to observe those thinks and also the various processes related to those thinks.
The advantages of observations are to identify the most important aspects that could be improved, to observe how you can implement specific stages, to identify techniques and practice you can apply, to see if you are able to implement strategies and ideas, and to see if you are making progress in your skills. The disadvantage; could be time consuming and information received might be inaccurate which will lead to unsure decisions and mistakes.
Attending seminars: Is the best way to self managed learning. The advantages are attending seminars you can share your ideas, you have the opportunity to present your knowledge about something to other people, help you to become more confident in speaking in the public and that is very important to develop your presentation skills. Disadvantages: it could be time consuming and can affect your ability to learn or get the experience for oneself. Information you receive might sometimes not be accurate or exactly what you need for your project.
In addition to this individual can also take assistance of Kolb learning that is a kind of experiential learning. In this process, individual undergoes four learning stages, reflective observation, active experimentation, concrete experience and abstract conceptualization. However, for these stages one can adopt four key mode of learning, assimilators, converges, accommodators and diverges. These learning style are further matched with four stage learning cycle.
In addition to the above theory, individual can also take assistance of Honey and Mumford theory to determine its learning requirements and enhance its knowledge. This theory states that broadly there are four kinds of learner who have different style of learning. The description of which is as follows:
|Type of learner||Attributes|
|Activist||Prefer doing and experiencing|
|Pragmatist||They prefer experimenting new things|
|Theorist||They focus on reading theories and determining reasons behind various theories|
|Reflectors||They prefer observing others actions|
Therefore, one can identify type of learner he/she is and the basis of this he can enhance its knowledge., For instance, I am reflectors therefore, I can take part in coaching, training, seminars to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
1.2 Different modes to encourage life long learning
The term life long learning refers to willful process of gaining knowledge and learning new things throughout the life of an individual. It is a voluntary action through which individual motivates itself to acquire knowledge to fulfill its individual or professional goals. Thereafter, there are various modes through which life long learning can be encouraged. The description of which is a