Learning needs, professional interests and development opportunities

Work with others to review and prioritise own learning needs, professional interests and development opportunities

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As part of your personal development, you will need to work with others to review and prioritise your own learning needs, professional interests and development opportunities.

This will usually mean sitting down with your manager to discuss areas where you can specialise or improve upon the work you are already doing. However, you may want to also get support from others such as your tutor, learning and development manager (if your organisation has one) or other colleagues. Obtaining feedback from others is a useful way to identify areas where you may need to develop.

Learning needs, professional interests and development opportunities can include:

  • Formal training
  • Induction, supervision and observations
  • Own research
  • Working towards qualifications
  • Learning from a mentor or shadowing others
  • Joining a professional industry body (e.g. Royal College of Nursing)
  • Joining local groups (e.g. registered manager meetings)

Often you will identify your personal development needs during supervision with your manager, where you will also have the opportunity to work together on your own personal development plan.

Once you know what you want to pursue or attain, you will need to prioritise them based on their importance and urgency. It is recommended to work on no more than three goals at a time so that you do not lose focus.

It is also important that you regularly review your goals to ensure that you are on the right track or to make changes.

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