Personal and professional development
The aim of personal and professional development is to help you manage your own learning and growth throughout your career.
It is important that you continue to learn and develop to keep your skills and knowledge up to date and ensure you continue to work safely, legally and effectively.
Put another way, it's about where you are, where you want to be, and how you plan to get there.
There are many learning activities that you can take part in such as:
- on-the-job learning
- courses and workshops
- computer-based learning
Personal and professional development is often also called continuous professional development (CPD). You can find out more about what CPD is and what you need to do on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) website. Have a look at a range of tools that can help you record your CPD. You can also download templates and view CPD examples.
Find out more about personal development planning.