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Professional Development Planning Service


Does the idea of spending 90 minutes reflecting on your career and what you’d like to achieve with the help of someone experienced, impartial and supportive sound attractive? Perhaps you’re feeling a bit stuck and not clear how best to move forward. Considering a change in direction? Starting out? Or simply want to take stock and check you’re still on track?

Professional development planning is all about exploring where you want to get to professionally in a structured way. It involves looking at where you are now, identifying your goals and planning the steps to achieve them. You’re in charge – the guide is there to help you to reflect and to focus on what is most important to you, to define and prioritize your goals, to explore options, and to develop a clear and realistic plan of action. It’s not about telling you what to do – the guide is there to help you find your own solutions rather than provide you with answers but s/he will signpost you to the different types of resources available.

During the session, you’ll have the opportunity to:

•    Discuss your current situation and unravel the different strands of what you do

•    Explore your vision of where you’d like to be and when
•    Look at your skills and motivations and what’s important to you
•    Identify possible hurdles and consider strategies to overcome them
•    Consider the different sources of support you can draw on
•    Map out a plan of action to achieve your goals


Before the session, you’ll be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will help to kick-start the process for you and allows the guide to learn something about you before you meet. This material, and the process as a whole, is entirely confidential.

You can choose between having a face-to-face or telephone session.

Cost: Our professional development planning service is available at the heavily subsidized rate of £75 NAWE members, £125 non-members.

How to Book: For further information and to book, please contact Anne Caldwell.
Previous participants say:

‘When we finished, I had a much better sense of my vision for the next three years and a set of concrete steps I could take to make that vision a reality.’

‘I got a renewed sense of confidence out of the session. Others had been in my situation before: I was not alone.’

‘Before I was overwhelmed by having too many ideas and too little time but this process has helped me to set clear and achievable goals.’
PDP Resources
Download these NAWE resources to help you with your professional development planning.