|A Reflection of Hope by ecotist on Flickr|
(made available under the Creative
My "6 word story" to sum up how I feel about the CPD23 programme now that I have reached the last "Thing" is as follows;
Nervous, Challenging, Altered Self-perception, New Horizons
In terms of the "Things" that I have undertaken during this course I feel that I now have several new software "friends" including Evernote, Prezi, and Google Calendar, which I use on a daily basis. My professional networking is getting better especially in the use of the online resources that I have been introduced to during CDP23. I even feel that I am now less nervous about blogging than when I started on "Thing 1" all those weeks ago.
Mind the gaps!
I am not sure that I can see the relevance of creating something as formal as a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for managing my career development at the moment. However I have identified the following gaps that I would like to address:
- I would like to have the opportunity to develop my social working skills since I feel that this is an area that is underdevelopment generally within my workplace.
- I also have my annual review coming up at work and plan to ask about attending more conferences / external meetings in order to give my personal profile a boost, although I don't feel confident enough the present at them, well not just yet anyway.
|Cap on books by MomMaven on Flickr (made|
available under the Creative Commons licence)
It's back to studying for me.I have deceived to embark on a Masters Research degree next year. (I am so committed that last week I even did a 10 hour round-trip by train to attend Aberystwyth University's postgraduate open day.
I feel that this is the right time to undertake a new course of study as opportunities to develop my career seem to be a bit limited at the moment especially with the number of job being cut both within my own organisation as well as in the library sector generally.