JHS Personal Development Planning

 Personal Development Planning

As a Joint Honours Scheme student you are expected to participate in a process called Personal Development Planning (PDP) to help you get the maximum benefit out of your time studying at the University of Derby. PDP may be defined as 'providing a structured opportunity for you to develop the skills you need to achieve your academic and personal ambitions, and to reflect on them on a regular basis throughout your degree programme'.  It also seeks to help you prepare yourself as effectively as possible for life after you have (successfully!) completed your degree, whether you plan to go directly into employment, or undertake further study to obtain a postgraduate or professional qualification.

To give yourself an indication of what PDP involves, one way to begin is by asking yourself the following questions:

  • what do I really want to achieve from life?
  • what kind of person do I want to be?
  • am I clear about my personal goals and ambitions?
  • am I making the right decisions to get me where I really want to be?
  • am I in charge of my life and my studies - or am I just hoping it all will work out somehow? 
    (see Skills for Study)

Becoming involved in PDP will help you with the (often difficult) process of trying to answer these important questions. PDP isn't a magic wand which will get rid of all your problems, but it will:

  • help you plan, integrate and take responsibility for your own personal, career and academic development
  • help you identify opportunities to learn and develop,  both on your  academic programme within the Joint Honours Scheme as well as any extra-curricular activities you undertake
  • help you assess your own strengths and weaknesses and identify ways in which you might improve your weaknesses and build on your strengths
  • help you clarify your academic, professional and personal ambitions
  • develop ways of communicating who you are and what you have to offer
  • help you prepare for employment or self-employment after you graduate, and give you confidence in articulating the skills and knowledge you have gained to others, particularly prospective employers.

» By the completion of Stage 1 it is expected that you will be:

» By the completion of Stage 2 it is expected that you will be able to:

» By the completion of Stage 3 it is expected that you will be able to:

To support you in meeting these outcomes, at enrolment we will help you identify where PDP fits into each stage of study, and make sure that you are aware of the opportunities it offers.  It is very important that you seek advice from your Subject Leaders, an Academic Counsellor, or the Programme Advisory Service if you need advice about this process or if you have any questions about what is expected of you. 


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