Personal Development Planning (PDP) and success coaching

Personal development planning (PDP) contributes to employability by encouraging students to take control of their studies and futures.

PDP requires students to reflect on their achievements, analyse their skills and abilities, and plan the steps needed to achieve their aims. The best PDP helps students be better organised, skilled and focused. PDP helps students become more effective, confident and independent learners; ensuring they get the most from studying.

The skills underpinning personal development planning are generic and replicate professional practice and performance management processes in the workplace.

PDP delivery

There is a framework for PDP in Curriculum 2012. Although some elements of PDP will be structured (e.g. tutorials, performance reviews), any formal or informal feedback a student receives and acts upon is part of their PDP experience.

Online PDP Resources

The Department has developed two Moodle-based resources to support PDP and evidence student achievement.

Your Guide to Personal Development Planning

This guide shows how PDP contributes to academic attainment as well as career success andprovides advice on tutorials, recording achievement and insights into how employers might explore aspects of personal development. 

The ePortfolio

An ePortfolio records and stores students’ evidence, reflections, skills analysis and plans in a single, secure place, using simple drag-and-drop technology. Parts of an eportfolio can be shared with peers, tutors and employers and the content can be exported for use when they leave.

Staff can use the same software to manage tutorial groups.