Personal Development Plan

“Begin with the end in mind”
Stephen R. Covey

What do you want to be when you grow up? Your future starts with a good plan. Having a plan helps you to focus on what you want, what you want to do and what you want to be. Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can work on it now.

The process of personal development planning revolves around the creation of a plan that is based on:

  • What you want (or where you want to be)?
  • Why you want it?
  • How you plan to get there

Professional skills

Becoming a successful researcher, designer, teacher, entrepreneur or manager depends on the plans you make today for the development of your academic and professional skills.

Your Master’s program offers many opportunities to develop the skills and competences you need to get the future you want. Your development plan should include curriculum choices, professional and academic skills you want to develop aimed at your career path after graduation.

Getting started

To get started , the TU/e Diagnostic Test of Professional Skills, and its corresponding reports give you more insight in the professional skills and competences you want to develop.

Moreover, the TU/e SkillsLab offers you a Personal Skills Development Plan tool to answer the following questions:

  • What skills and competences do I need?
  • What do I need to develop these skills?
  • How and when do I work on these skills?

Development throughout your Master’s program

Once completed, your personal development plan is not set in stone. It is a living document that will evolve with new  perspectives and feedback that you receive. Your personal development plan serves as a reminder to attend to development throughout your Master’s program. Therefore, your plan is a good starting point for meetings with your mentor.

Questions and coaching

If you have any questions about the outcomes of your assessment or if you want to discuss your personal development plan with an expert, please contact the TU/e SkillsLab Team.