It is easy to go through your working life and not evaluate your qualities and abilities. Use this resource to identify the skills you have and those that you have not developed. Following this you will be able to evaluate which areas of your professional development you need to work on and also which careers may be best suited to you based on your skills.
This resource has been adapted from Fiona Taylor and Neil Houston’s activities 2.5-2.10 in chapter 2 of Chambers R. Career planning for everyone in the NHS: the toolkit. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing; 2005.
Identify your skills and areas requiring further development.
Everybody should do this periodically. Particularly helpful for people unhappy in their work, thinking about changing their/picking a new career or those in need of review of their abilities in order to develop/amend their personal development plan.
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- Once you have completed the resource, have a look at your answers. Identify the skills that are most important for your current or intended career. What additional skills do/will you bring to your current/intended career? Where is development required?
- Is further action required? How are you going to maintain and/or develop the skills required for your current/intended career? Note down your action plan and how you intend to achieve each task.
- Add to your portfolio (link to “What A Portfolio Should Contain”)