Professional Development Plan

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Professional development is the development of new or existing skills, knowledge and aptitudes to improve one’s marketablilty, portability, performance and self worth (McKellar, 1996). This paper outlines my top three professional goals, resources required for achieving these goals, and a resource constrained schedule. The strategic formulation of my goals, required resources and schedule coalesce to form my Professional Development Plan (PDP). The first goal is a short term goal required for financing the second goal which is my medium term goal. The final goal is a long term goal that is loosely coupled with my second goal.
Goal 1: Develop and Launch an Integrated Organic Agricultural Project in One Year
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Also, provided is a brief description of the steps I intend to take to achive my goal. Moreover, I submit an explanation of how these steps utlilizes my personal strengths of financial acumen and being a quick learner; and exposes my weakness of sometimes taking on too much projects.
Goal 2 Narrative
I love studying new things and this has propelled my desire for lifelong learning. Completion of the DBA programme would satisfy my quest for new knowledge and lay the foundation for a rewarding career in business with specialization in Information Systems. Therefore, with a strong background in project management, I propose the following steps to accomplish my goal; a) phase 1 – pass all core courses; b) phase 2 – pass all specialized courses; and c) phase 3 – successfully defend my doctoral thesis.
I will be funding my DBA education and training from personal resources. While, there are other options such as loans and scholarships, I have chosen this pathway to accomplishing my goal to minimize disruptions to my programme from failure by funding organizations to meet tight payment deadlines. Consequently, I can focus totally and my coursework and exhibit my techniques for quick learning. Nvertheless the DBA programme is one of the multiple projects that I am pursuing and I have to always guard against spreading myself too thin.
Goal 2 Resources
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