Individual Professional Development Plan

Individual Professional Development Plan
Katrina Wimbley
February 24, 2011
Sharon Oglesby

Individual Professional Development Plan
Benjamin Franklin states “without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Developing my individual professional development plan was an experience that took me on a mental journal of my future.   Developing this plan forced me to strategically think about my career path.   I am currently unemployed so I am excited at the possibilities of improvement, growth, and progress that are open to me upon my completion of my Human Service degree.
The concept of professional development may be new to you, but it is an important aspect that should be, in one way or another, involved in all our lives.   According to T. Simon (2011) Professional development is about being aware of the decisions that you make, the way you think about, and the way you handle different situations. The concept behind professional development is the idea that you have untapped potential, and to not settle with what you have if you want more out of life. Professional development is a process of continually progressing and refining your character and qualities as a parent, a teacher, a secretary, a doctor, a lawyer- as whatever or whoever you are. It is about life-long learning and growing as an individual.  
In a year from now I would to be working a position in the human service field.   I have been researching what jobs are available to me with a bachelor’s degree in human service.   I would like to work with at risk teenagers.   I would also like to enroll back in school into a Masters program for social work or psychology.   I have not decided with field I would like to further my studies in.   I would like to get some work experience so that I am sure of what I field would like to gage my career in.   I have a passion for children especially teenage girls.   The generation of teenage girls lack...