GeoModes personal development session
code: ZZ2

Personal development plan preparation

format: Virtual course
duration: 1 day
level: Foundation
accreditation: CAA
participants: 1


No dates available


One-to-one 1-hour virtual life session.

This virtual face-to-face session is highly interactive and discussion-based so a stable internet connection and a laptop or computer with a microphone and webcam are required.

In order to maximise the time and benefit of the session please note that the price includes:

  • approximately 1 hr pre-session preparation
  • 1-hour skills and capabilities assessment session (held virtually)
  • approximately 1 hr post-session home work


The post-session personal assessment report will be provided on the same day.

The objectives of the Personal Development Plan (PDP) session are as follows:

  1. Goal Setting: Setting specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals aligned with your career aspirations.
  2. Self-Reflection: Reflecting on your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for development to inform your career change strategy.
  3. Roadmap Creation: Developing a personalised roadmap outlining the steps needed to achieve identified career goals.
  4. Skill Enhancement: Identifying opportunities for skill development and providing guidance on acquiring the necessary competencies for success in the chosen career path.
  5. Industry Insight: Offering insights into the current industry landscape and emerging trends to help you make informed decisions about your career transition.
  6. Motivation and Accountability: Providing support and encouragement to maintain motivation throughout the career change process and hold you accountable for progress towards your goals.
  7. Empowerment: Empowering you to take ownership of your career development journey and navigate challenges with confidence and resilience.


By achieving these objectives, the PDP session aims to equip you with the tools, knowledge, and confidence needed to successfully transition to a fulfilling new career.

During this session, we challenge you to design the plan which will lead you to obtaining your desirable job position. We support you with setting up specific goals which you can achieve, measure the progress towards them and guide you through the current industry environment and complexities of the job market so your plan is realistic and relevant. 

Creating a personal development plan (PDP) is your roadmap to achieving the set goals for your next career move. It is is a tool to help you focus on developing your career, supporting you in gaining the skills required to do so. As part of your PDP you will be required to establish what your goals are and how you are going to achieve them.

When it comes to setting your goals, you will think about what you are working towards and work backwards from here outlining the steps you’ll need to take to achieve this. Your goals should be personal to you, aligned with the overall goals of the business and realistic, taking into account the current industry environment. All your goals should be SMART. 


How to set SMART career change goals

When thinking about the goals you’ll set yourself, you need to focus on ensuring they are aligned with the 5 elements of SMART:


1) Specific 

Avoid general ambiguous goals. Instead, get to the core of what you’re trying to achieve. Focus on what it is that you want to develop.

2) Measurable 

Making your goals measurable will help you to monitor your progress towards reaching your goal. This is related to making your goals specific, the more specific your goal is, the easier it is to measure. If you are struggling to measure your progress towards your goals, chances are you need to be more specific. 

3) Attainable

There really is no point in setting your goals unless they are achievable, some things are simply beyond your influence. It’s desirable to have goals that are challenging, but steer away from those that are extreme. Set goals that are achievable with the time and resources you have or can stretch to. 

4) Relevant

Are each one of your goals aligned to what you are working towards and will they help you to drive forward in achieving this? Relevant goals will help you to focus on activities that will support your development, saving you from wasting time on those that won’t.

5) Time bound 

Giving yourself a deadline to work towards will help you to remain focussed and eliminate other ‘more important’ tasks from taking over. Set yourself milestones along the way to keep you motivated and on track to reach your target. When working on your PDP, don’t forget that goals are meant to be achieved! 

The SMART approach is a great way to ensure you achieve your goals and avoid the usual mistakes of setting goals that are unrealistic.


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