About the Personal Development Plan:
Use this plan to set down your objectives, review your progress to date and to help you to identify any skills gaps or areas that you need to
When you meet with your Tutor, have your plan ready in advance to show him or her, and be prepared to discuss it and to receive feedback.
Setting your Objectives
Decide the period for which you want to set objectives – a term? A year? Longer term? Make objectives realistic: they should be things that
you can see yourself accomplishing. Always set a deadline to work to.
Accomplishing an objective will require skills which you may or may not already have. Try the skills audit if you need a prompt to identify your
Try reflecting on your experiences to see what skills you might have developed that you don’t currently recognise! The STAR or SWOT
exercises can help you with this.
Reviewing Your Plan
Once you have filled in your PD Plan, set aside a time to take stock and review it. Did you achieve your objectives? What went wrong—and
what went well? How often you choose to review your Plan will depend on the time period you set for your objectives (if your plan covers a
year, it would be useful to review it every Term; if it covers a week, you’ll probably only review it once).
Don’t worry if you don’t make all the deadlines – you may have been expecting too much! Reschedule and think about why you missed the
Personal Development Plan
Name Tripos Subject
My objectives What small steps can I What skills do I When will I have Did I make If not, what went Can I prevent
break this down into? need to accomplish accomplished it? the wrong this from
this? deadline? happening
Learn to use See if there is a course I Researching a Beginning of Easter No I had to spend too Be more
PowerPoint can go on – ask my project Term long on my realistic about
friends or look on the dissertation and I work demands.
web. didn’t have any spare
Time management time to go on the
Find the time to do the
course – plan ahead Preparing a case for
Does it cost anything?
Where will I get the Application of
Make sure I practice Increase of IT
using it – find a project expertise
that I can use it in