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Critical Parts of a Personal Development Plan

written by: Jim Vassallo•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 6/28/2011

The parts of a personal development plan can help students and even business people meet goals they have set for themselves. Read on to learn more.

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    Parts of a Personal Development Plan

    Personal development plans are created by millions of people across the globe each year, sometimes every couple of months, in order to put their lives in perspective and reach goals that they have set for themselves. The basic parts of a personal development plan help the plan's creator do the following:

    • learn using a wider range of contexts
    • recognize the evidence present that you are learning
    • use your expanded knowledge to meet personal goals
    • plan, review, and take a personal responsibility for your own learning
    • define and recognize the needs for your ability to learn

    A personal development plan will also enable the plan's creator to do the following:

    • define short term and long term goals
    • decide what objects are needed to obtain these short term and long term goals
    • be able to identify and learn from your strengths and weaknesses
    • use the info above to determine what you need to do to learn and meet goals
    • plan the development of your personal skills
    • carry out tasks in a more effective manner
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    Six Stages of Personal Development Plans

    800px-Croydon College Personal development plans are more often than not created by students. Now, these students can be either part time or full time students. Part time students typically take one or two classes per semester and full time students have 15 credits or more of classes each semester. The six stages of a personal development plan and their lengths of time include the following:

    1. Outlining training needs to meet your goal, understanding the basic requirements of the research involved, registration for classes, figure out which subject models you will need, managing and understanding research and developing transferable skills (12 months for part time students and 6 months for full time students).
    2. Conducting more research (2 years for part time and 12 months for full time students).
    3. Reporting or writing about research, PhD transfer (3 years for part time students).
    4. Prep for post research career (4 years for part time students) (2 years for full time students and this includes stage 3).
    5. Networking (5 years for part time students).
    6. Complete your thesis and final examination (6 years for part time students) (3 years for full time students including stage 5).

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    Importance of Personal Development Plan

    Students, either part time or full time, need to understand the importance of putting together and following through on a personal development plan. The basic parts of a personal development plan need to be followed one by one in order to accomplish your goals and meet the deadlines you have placed on each level of the plan. A personal development plan help students who have no direction in their lives figure out which classes they wish to take, how to pass those classes, how to perform research, how to take tests and how to meet goals that can get them satisfying jobs after school.

    References:

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