Advanced Professional Development Journal Education Essay

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INTRODUCTION

As a manager/Leader I have to make portfolio of professional development. So in this portfolio I made evidence which is supported by my own advanced professional development journal. That includes my own personal skill audit, SWOT analysis, my learning style changes, skill acquisition with the help of some online tests like MBTI time management, learning inventory. This also includes material collected to demonstrate achievement of the criteria required by learning outcomes.

Task (1)

I encourage myself to pick up a pen and a piece of paper and note down the goals I want to reach. Look at each goal and evaluate it. Make any changes necessary to ensure it meets the criteria for SMART goals:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Realistic

T = Timely

Short- term goals

Personal

Complete my PGDM. I also want good grades in PGDM so that I will able to get relevant job.

Skills I m having

Hard work

Active learner

Curiosity

Skills required

Good learning capability

Understanding of each and every subject

Get admission in Msc Business Information Technology. By taking this course I will make good combination of PGDM course and Msc degree

Skills I m having

Good knowledge about information technology

Skills required

Knowledge of recent advances within field and in related areas

Ability to recognize and validate technical problems

Professional /Organisational

I m currently not a part of any organization so I m adding here my professional goal as getting a good and relevant part time job which in one way add to my living and in other way add to my skills.

Skills I am having

Technical knowledge

Adjustable nature

Skills required

Good communication skills

Fluent English

Medium- term goals

Personal

Get married. I put this in mid term because in 3 or 4 years I have to find a right person whom I can get married.

Skills I required

Understanding nature

Friendly

Educated

Good knowledge about family values

Adjustable

Get admission in MBA (part time)I want to do MBA because it might be helpful for my bright future and add to my degrees.

Skills I required

Qualified degree

Increased learning capability

Professional/organizational

Reputed job of manager (in reputated company) or teacher (in reputated university or college) in UK. I have to think about my family and my future and my livings to settle down

Skills I required

Efficient knowledge about field in which I have to work

Team working

Critical thinking

Identifying and analyzing capability

Outstanding communication skills both verbal & written

Long Term Goals

Personal

Visit my favorite destinations .i want to give my self some breaks and relax between busy schedule so I want to travel different palaces or countries.

Skills I required

Savings ability.

Fulfill my responsibilities as family member regarding different relations. Everyone expect something from me and I have to fulfill needs of my family.

Skills I require

Management between family and work

Professional

Establish my self in my field

Skills I required

Required knowledge of business rivalries

Competition

Honesty with work

Tolerance

1(b)

Learning

"It is important to first validate a student s dominant means of learning if we hope to challenge them to work in a style in which they feel less competent. Student's" (Mary Ellen mcClanghan)

Learning style

"A distinctive and habitual manner of acquiring knowledge, skills, or attitudes through study or experience "

(Neil Fleming, VARK Questionnaire)

Traditionally, the three predominant styles are:

1. Visual (reading or seeing)

2. Auditory (listening or speaking)

3. Tactile/Kinesthetic (doing)

So to know my learning style I took a learning style test 'discovering your learning styles'

And found that I am visual learner 50%, auditory learner 35%,tactile learner 10% (http://www.educationplanner.org/education_planner/calc_frames.asp?url=http://www.aessuccess.org/getting/learning_quiz/quiz.html&pagetype=Preparing-learning+Styles+Quiz&sponsor=2859).So I am visual learner most of the time. To make my learning more effective and valued I have to sharpen techniques for visual learning and also to acquire skills for that .Moreover I can make a right balance between two learning styles visual and auditory to make my learning affective for long use.

Techniques (skills) for visual learning are as follows:-

Creating and displaying banners which can be visualized later on.

Using or creating simple symbols are easy to remember.

Using colors is also an effective technique using different colors for headings paragraphs, and lines can make me arrange my projects or data more effectively

Watching videos and presentations I can encourage my self moreover creates creativity in work.

And in other way I can join the skills for auditory style with visual learning to make my learning more reliable and efficient and smooth. Techniques for auditory learning:-

Singing and listening to music is helpful in reducing stress during working hour.

Small group discussion. Group is said to be gathering of new ideas and view people can suggest, advice better.

System diagrams can help me visualize the links between parts of a system within organization, there workings structure people involved.

So I plan for adopting some skills for learning in future to make my leaning best for me

Making outlines-making outline of everything is a helpful technique through which I can remember useful instructions, my own projects, and presentations.

Color code words and research notes is a beneficial technique that can be used to remember important points in presentations and report

Whispering new information when alone is useful technique to improve my memory.

Take notes, making lists is an effective technique to arrange work.

Diagramming, reading maps, essays showing a process is good technique to organize, manage, learn things.

Repeating facts with eyes closed is a effective technique that can be helpful in learning process

Reading passages and writing answers about them in a timed test is helpful in sharpening your memory and learning

Task 2

Skill audit

Helps you to evaluate your current strengths in relation to key skills. So I carried out my own skill audit. That demonstrate evidences that I m having that skill how I m going with that skill and improvement if needed

Skills area

Description of Specific Skill

Evidence of skill

How I am doing

improvement

(1)Communication skills

Demonstrate effective verbal presentation techniques

Presentations and report given

good

better

Good English fluency

Given presentations in English

I am good

Need to improve much more

able to defend my point

Prepared projects, feedback of colleagues

I m well

Need to improve

(2)teamwork/Networking

I understand my behavior

And impact on others when working in team

Worked in groups

good

better

Co operative

Feedback from friends family and relatives

better

Good listener, receive feedback and respond prospectively

Colleagues feedback

well

Need much to improve

(3)Personal effectiveness

I am able to learn and acquire knowledge

aim to set some basic 'to do' lists every day

good

Little to improve and manage

I manage my workload

aim to set blocks of time aside to work on specific tasks

well

Need a lot

Creative, innovative and

original in approach

I aim to give my best

good

Techniques need to be improved to do task in effective way

I use IT appropriately for database ,recordings and presenting information

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis is an effective tool to know your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It tells about where you are now and what you should do in future to improve your skills organize your opportunities and identify your threats.

Strengths:

Hard Working Person, very ambitious. I want to give my 100% in my work .I am honest in work try to give my best. Eager to learn something new. I like to gather any kind of information from any source. I can change my self according to surroundings or conditions. I prefer to organize my work making schedule for anything I do. I am good in spoken English so I can easily communicate with people. I have learned some basics of business from my uncle so I am able to manage small business or I can do job. One of my biggest strength is that I m positive thinker. I always boost my self by saying I can do this. I have done many presentations during my Msc I have good presentation skills.

Opportunities:

Worked in oracle, VB. Made a project in VB.i can work in IT environment. Moreover I know pursuing POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT later on I can do MBA as well. Then I can have more specific job goals.

Weaknesses:

Stress of doing many things or tasks at same time carefully make me to think unkindly about the situation and people involved and who created that task. Become very impatient sometime. Time pressure causes stress. Can't work properly under deadlines. Can't do multiple tasks simultaneously. Lack of work experience. Weak job finding techniques.

Threats

Negative trends in field that can diminish jobs like downsizing and obsolescence. Many students are doing same course what I m doing my colleagues can give me tough competition. Competition is increasing, today is era of competition, and competitors can be superior then me having high knowledge in field. Lack of training and experience can be another obstacle.Companies is not hiring people with major/degree this can be threat to my career.

After taking online learning style inventory (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/). I came to know about my learning style inventory. And the results are displayed in table and graph.

Style Scores

Visual

17

Social

11

Physical

15

Aural

14

Verbal

13

Solitary

15

Logical

10

(http://www.learning-styles-online.com/inventory/results.asp)

(http://www.learning-styles-online.com/inventory/results.asp)

Through this test I am made able to discover my preferred learning style. I am visual learner most of the time as the test results says so I can acquire visual learning techniques to make my learning more effective. Moreover inventory also shows some another preferred learning styles which I can use like solitary, physical, and aural. Being solitary learner I will work alone think and concentrate more effectively on given project. Being social I will prefer to learn from others what people advice and suggest me.

Time management log

After going through time management (http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_88.htm).and my score is 40 and I need to improve on some issues. So to manage my time more properly I have to:-

1. I have to set some goals. Goals can be short listed (for a week or month) or for years.

2. I can give some works more priority .what are more important to do make list which are to be done first which can be left to do later on.

3. Making schedule for my work is also effective to my work properly.

My daily time management log

1. I woke up at 6 a.m.

2. Then I get fresh in half hour.

3. I make breakfast in about 1 hour.

4. Watch News for one hour look for business news, entertainment News etc for half an hour.

5. Then go to shop for households (vegetables etc) it may take two or three hours.

6. Read books or surf internet for two or three hours.

7. At 9 p.m I have to prepare dinner.

8. Until 10 I have went to sleep.

PERSONALITY (MBTI)

Your 4 Personality Type Letters

I

N

F

J

(http://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html)

To know my personality type I undergo through Myer Briggs online personality test. and I got result as

I-(introverted)-I require some private time to think about situations my goals future plans and daily objectives. I properly before doing anything. I m motivated by my own mostly

N- Intuitive- I think about future most of the time. Like to use imaginations use to make new possibilities work on them. I have to memorize to recall patterns, contexts and connections. I learn theoretically most of the time

F-feeling-I am concerned to my personal feelings. Depend on people for any decision. I seek for consensus and popular opinions.

J-Judging-I use to plan details in advance before I have to do any thing or take any action. Mostly focus on actions related to task. I prefer to complete segments and then to do main task. I try to reduce and control stress while doing any work. Usually I set targets.

So after making my skill audit, doing my personal SWOT analysis and taking test to know my learning style, time management, and personality style test I came to know about skills I can acquire for effective management and leadership.

Task (3)

Task3 (a)

I carried out personal development plan which shows creative and actionable. Regarding my current achievements my skill acquisition .resources I can use and skill acquisition .how they are effective.

Career mission statement:- I want to establish in my field

Current achievements:-

1. Good and qualified msc computer science degree.

2.able to use computer can work in windows,oracle,unix environment

3. Currently pursuing PGDM (post graduate diploma in business management).

4. Good presentation skills.

5. Good network of friends which can give me help when required.

Major career goals(what I need to accomplish in the medium term to further my mission)

Goal

Target date

goal

Target date

1 complete my PGDM course with good marks

By up coming January

5.get married

by October

2 get job in reputed company or be a teacher in university or college subject area business management or computer science

By upcoming march

6. Have some savings for better future.

In two years

4.get admission in msc business information technology

In September

Skill audit

A: I have accomplished this skill/I demonstrate high competence.

B: I have this skills/competency but some improvements could be made.

C: I need to improve this skill/competency.

D: I need to put in considerable work to develop this skill/competency.

E. I need to acquire this skill/develop this competency.

Skills/competency

rank

Skills/competency

rank

now

6 m

1yr

3yr more

now

6 m

1yr

3y more

1.communication skills

a. Demonstrate effective verbal presentation techniques

b. English fluency

C. ability to defend my point.

B

D

C

A

B

B

A

A

A

A

A

A

2.teamworking /networking

a. understand behavior

And impact on others when working in team

b. Co operative

c. Good listener, receive feedback and respond prospectively

B

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

3. Personal effectiveness

a. ability to learn and acquire knowledge

b. manage my workload

c. Creative, innovative and

original in approach

d. use IT for database and presenting information

A

C

A

B

A

A

A

A

4.decision making

E

D

C

B

5.leadership

E

D

C

B

6.analyising reports, projects, suggestions

C

D

C

B

Development goal

Action steps

Complete by(date)

Obstacles/ solutions

evolution

1.improve my communication skills

read books regarding vocabulary, communication skills

29-july-2010

My time, arrangement of fee

Friends feedback my own confidence

2.Get part time job

Look for advertisement, arrange references and approach

By next month

Lower ness in job hunting technique

My selection for particular

3.improve my learning skills

By identifying my learning style, working over it

In one month

boredom

Successful and efficient worker

TASK 3 (b)

Learning before

Learning and developing now

Learning and developing in future

Changes in knowledge attitude and skills

How they are beneficial for

organizational

personal

team working was not much effective I really was not able to put my view points before others

I learned how to impact others how to make them listen you by showing figures,graphs,diagrams etc and moreover as visual learner it my useful for my self to use different color pens or markers for headlines and keywords and look attractive to others

I will continue with my visual learning style and will try to enhance my skills with this style

Now I can work in team manage my and my teams work properly.

I can manage my group, take a lead, and make presentations. Suggest my colleagues

I can organize my work and easily remember keywords, make my reports more effective.

work management was not good I was not able to work under deadlines and not was to work under pressure

By goal setting now I am able to manage my work I can make balance between official and personal life. I learned techniques to control reduce stress caused by deadlines given for certain task

By listening to music ,by making your work more create for you sometimes group discussions also help me so I like to discuss my problems with friends and elders in family

In future I will make schedule for work, give priorities to important tasks. use techniques to reduce stress level

I am able to do my work at a time

I can work under strong deadlines, manage my time

I can make working and personal life balanced

My leadership qualities were low I was not able to motivate and encourage people

Now I am trying to adopt some leadership qualities like cooperation, control ,

Taking a lead, working with responsibility making people to follow me

I will enhance my effectiveness in this field and learn core capabilities that a manager can have

I am able to stand before others.

I can work as manager and learn more managerial objectives and manage my staff members properly

I can make decisions at m own level

I was dependent on others to make decisions

I am able to take decision at right time

I will make my self more specific about decisions

I can analyze thing ,reflect it and then take decision

Helpful for me when I have to work as manager

I m self confident

CONCLUSION

To summarize, in this portfolio I demonstrated my skill acquisition techniques .how I Overcome my weaknesses and identified threats and obstacles coming in my way to achieve my goals. I also analyzed my current situation , the ways to improve and also how I identified my learning style and personality type and how I can use them in my skill acquisition . So, here I came to know about my learning style, goal settings and time management.

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