Personal and Professional Development Planning PDP

Welcome to my Personal and Professional Development Planning website. This site contains various PDP documents, forms, evaluation tools and links to useful websites. I've developed this web site as a resource to support students on the University Certificate in Professional Development and the free elective Key Skills Development Through Part-Time VoluntaryWork and, hopefully, better facilitate your learning. I hope that you will find hope the material to be useful and relevant. Feel free to use the resources here, but please acknowledge me if you copy any of them. Most of the learning materials are here as word documents, not pdf files - this is so that you may change the materials slightly yourself  i.e. you can save a form to your pc or memory stick and customise it to suit you if you wish to do so. 


If you can think of any useful way I can improve this website as a learning resource please let me know - 

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"Only those who are asleep make no mistakes" Ignvar Kamprad (founder of Ikea)

"The difference between success and failure is the word but" Phil Silvers aka Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko                                 



What is PDP? I see Personal Development Planning, or Personal and Professional Development Planning as I prefer to call it, a structured process by which a person reflects upon and plans their own current and future learning and development; either personal development or professional development. This will include developing their employability skills.

“There is a crucial difference between declarative knowledge, knowing a concept and its technical skills, and procedural knowledge, being able to put those concepts and details into action. Knowing does not equal doing, whether playing the piano, managing a team, or acting on essential advice at the right moment”. (Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence, 1997).  PDP helps develop both procedural knowledge and declarative knowledge.  

One definition of PDP is that it is "a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development" (Norman Jackson, LTSN Generic Centre).

What is Action Learning?

"There can be no learning without action, and no action without learning" (Reg Revans - who developed the concept of Action Learning". 

 Phil Race article 'Evidencing Reflection - putting the w into reflection' here


Are you ready to learn? - useful questions to ask yourself as to whether your are ready and willing to learn here


Example of a Learning Log or Learning Journal here

How Are skills Learnt? The Experiential learning cycle by Kolb (originally based on work by Lewin) click here


Learning a Skill - diagram explaining move from unconscious incompetence to conscious competence click here


Learning a Skills - What's the difference between surface and deep learning? more about unconscious incompetence and conscious competence click here


What is Experiential Learning?  here


The PDP Learning cycle diagram - this is my own modified version of Kolb's experiential cycle as relevant to the UCPD programme and the Student Union Voluntary Work Skills Development Free Elective module  click here


The Group Reflective Process diagram


Learning Sets - example set of Rules for an Effective Learning Set


(Action) Learning Sets - some guidelines for being an effective member 


Learning Set - example of Learning Set reflective learning log


Skills Audit - here - a tool you can use to evaluate your skills and action plan for further future skills development.


Skills Development Planning questions to ask yourself prompt sheet


Gap Analysis - here - another type of skills audit tool you can use to evaluate your skills and action plan for further future skills development


What we say and what we do


Personal Goal Setting - an article to read


Johari Window


The Boston Square (Boston Chart / Grid)


Task/Project Familiarity Grid


Stakeholder Analysis


Risk Analysis Grid/table


QUAD chart  and QUAD chart guided tour


Work-Based Project Learning Contract form

Work-Based Project proposal ideas form


Goal Setting - Panic, Stretch & Comfort zones


SWOT Analysis - an example


PESTLE Analysis (or PESTAnalysis)

Link to an article about how PESTLE Analysis may be used


Urgency vs Importancy Grid


Problems and Puzzles - Known and Unknown


Effective Presentations  - online tutorial from Edge Hill


Effective presentations Tips for effective powerpoint presentations slide show

Effective presentations Ten top tips for effective powerpoint presentations


Group work Team working online video learning resources from Learnhigher including listening, oral presentations, group work interpersonal skills here


A range of Personality Tests including 'the five factor' one -  here 

Personality Tests - The  IPIP-NEO (International Personality Item Pool Representation of the NEO PI-R™) short and long versions  - here

Positive psychology - on line tests for job satisfaction here

Further reading - books and websites - click here

Study Skills referencing - note son how to reference using the Harvard referencing system


Career Management Skills - web hub to many other sites

Mentoring - quotes on mentoring



Personality Tests - links below

The  IPIP-NEO (International Personality Item Pool Representation of the NEO PI-R™) short and long versions here

Doctor Job psychometric tests section here

Emotions and Behaviours At work here

SHL direct here

British Psychological Society here

MBTI Myers Briggs here   includes links to various MBTI based tests

Big 5 Personality Traits here

Keirsey Temprament Sorter here

Cattell's 16 Personality Factors here

RACI charting - useful tool for identifying roles, responsibilities and accountability here



Study Skills  - links to study skills below

Referencing HarvardReferencing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Study Skills - use of the apostrophe


University of Hull Study Advice Service here

Study Skills - A-Z guide to the use of English

Study Skills Referencing guidelines, bibliographies  here

CLL Referencing Guidelines here




Link to Andrew's project management website


This site developed and maintained by Andrew G Holmes Tel 01482 465429