Development means gaining the knowledge, skills, experiencesand understanding necessary to do our present work well. Development is essential for everyone throughout their career. Few jobs remain the same and often require new skills over time. And most of us do not want to stand still and do the same things the same way forever. Development can make feel more motivated and engaged with work as we gain greater mastery of skills, and can make more confident and can take on new tasks.
Most professional development includes the course of doing work, not by going on training courses. There are suggestions that as much as 70% of development occurs through workplace experiences, by doing challenging assignments or tasks, and by reflecting on these; it should be mentioned that 20% comes from sharing ideas and interacting with others, and from seeking feedback; and approximately 10% comes from more formal and external learning situations such as forums, conferences and workshops.
The suggested of 70/20/10 emphasises that the main place that can be learnt and developed is in current job, and opportunities can be found around employee every day. Often it requires a little planning and reflection to turn part of work into a learning opportunity.
Followings are ideas as starting point of thinking about development:
Develop self-awareness. How do others see you? What impact do you have on others? How effective are you in different parts of your role?
Seek, and act on, feedback – from your manager, peers, colleagues and those who benefit from your work;
Commit to continuous professional development – think about what you want to learn, where you want to improve, and ways of doing this. Take responsibility for your own development;
Make the most of Personal Development Review (PDR). Discuss your performance and invite feedback on specific parts of your role. Ask for and agree objectives that provide some challenge in your work, and will provide new experiences and opportunities for skills development;
Think about your medium and longer term goals. What do you want from your working life? Some people find it helps to make a Personal Development Plan to help you achieve your goals and to reflect on progress;
Recognise that there are many ways to develop new behaviours, skills and knowledge. For example, by seeking out challenges, undertaking projects and tasks that stretch you, learning from others through observation, shadowing or being coached or mentored. And, where appropriate, by reading, using relevant websites, and attending courses or workshops;
If you feel you need training, consider how the training will contribute to performing your role more effectively and contribute to team outputs. Think about different ways to access training, especially if this could reduce the time away from your job or the cost, such as on-line modules or webinars