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This Unit 23 Personal and Professional Development aims to help the learner become an effective and confident self-directed employee. This helps the learner become confident in managing own personal and professional skills to achieve personal and career goals.
This unit is designed to enable learners to assess and develop a range of professional and personal skills in order to promote future personal and career development. It also aims to develop learners’ ability to organise, manage and practise a range of approaches to improve their performance as self-directed learners in preparation for work or further career development. Its emphasis is on the needs of the individual but within the context of how the development of self-management corresponds with effective team management in meeting objectives. Learners will be able to improve their learning, be involved with teamwork and be more capable of problem solving through the use of case studies, role play and real-life activities.
Activities in this unit could be part of the mainstream academic activity and could be integrated into the whole programme of study. Learners will benefit if there are established links with the learning outcomes of other units and if review meetings were held regularly. A personal development portfolio or progress file should be put together comprising information and personal records ‘owned’ by the learner, including the planning and monitoring of progress towards the achievement of personal objectives. The format for this could be web based, paper based or an alternative method. Potentially this could form the basis of an extended account of a lifelong record of learning and achievement. Tutors should be aware that textbooks are frequently updated and that they should use the latest editions where available. This is a practical unit and textbook materials should be used for reference purposes.