Monday 10 October 2011

Thing 23: Reflection - What next?

The final thing! Thank you all for following the programme and well done for getting to Thing 23.  A short evaluation of the programme is coming soon, but if you're up for a challenge maybe you could come up with a "6 word story" to sum up how you feel about the programme?

Many organisations include some kind of Personal Development Plans (PDP) as part of their staff review/appraisal processes.  The idea with these is that you identify some sort of development need, think about how you could fill that gap, and set yourself a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Limited) objective to help you do it.  I've put together a quick template that can be used for this, but feel free to tweak it to suit yourself or use one of the many other templates available online.

The Task:
  1. For this last thing, we would like you to reflect on the programme in general and on what you want to do next.
  2. Identify some gaps in your experience, either by looking at requirements for that next job you're aiming for or by conducting a SWOT analysis.  The Library Routes and Library Day in the Life projects might be helpful here too.
  3. Think about how you can fill those gaps and put together a Personal Development Plan to do that.  You don't have to put the PDP on the blog unless you feel comfortable doing that.
  4. Write about the process of putting the plan together and whether you think this is a useful way to think about your CPD in general.
  5. Keep blogging and let us know how you get on!
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  1. Thoroughly enjoyed CPD 23 programme. Posted my reflections on my blog
    To sum up my CPD23 itinerary in 6 words “Constructive learning path in 23 steps”.

  2. I too thoroughly enjoyed the CPD23 program. There are some amazing librarians and libraries 'out there' and was wonderful to share a bit of their world via the posts shared.

    I do plan to spend a bit of time developing a CPD plan. I wonder where my journey will take me?

  3. My thanks to all that were involved in making this program possible. I have now completed all 23 things and would like to know if there is a certificate given out (that can be downloaded and printed) to participants that successfully complete the program? It would be nice to have something to add to my personal file that indicated this.

  4. Hi Patty,
    In case you missed it, there is now a form to complete at if you would like to get a certificate of completion. We'd love your feedback too!

  5. Hi there
    just wondering when and how we will get our certificates. Have filled in the form and done the survey.

  6. Hi Bev, we'll be going through the blogs that have registered for certificates from the end of the month and will be in touch after that. Congratulations on finishing!

  7. I just wanted to say thanks to all the team - it's been a great experience and I've just managed to make my last post in time for the certificate deadline.

  8. thanks Niamh, it has been an interesting 'thing' to do!

  9. Just finished! Thanks all! :)

  10. Well done Lilian- glad you enjoyed it :)


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