Personal Development Portfolio. Theory and Personal Objectives

Term Paper, 2016

22 Pages, Grade: A


Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Refection of previous learning
2.1 What is implied in reflection?
2.2 Gibbs Reflection Model

3. Current position
3.1 Self- awareness
3.2 Strengths (Internal and positive)
3.3 Weakness (Internal and negative)
3.4 Opportunities (External and positive)
3.5 Threat (external and negative)

4. Continuous professional development (CPD)
4.1 Main landscapes of the CPD process
4.2 Journey at DBA
4.3 Evaluation of personal development:

5. Future professional & personal development (over the next 5 years)
5.1 Personal development plan for next 5 years
5.2 Personal objectives

6. Conclusion


1. Introduction

Over the last decade personal development plan (PDP) has been topical for many reasons particularly to create an action plan for future. The personal development plan is also known as personal enterprise plan (PEP) and individual development plan (IDP) normally incorporates a statement of one's education, competencies or strengths & weaknesses, aspirations, training, and steps to illustrate how the plan is to be ascertained. There is no single perfect definition to demonstrate personal development plan. Different author has interpreted PDP in different characteristics or habitual manner.

Ellwood (2011) defined PDP as the process of generating an action plan based on reflection, awareness, objective setting and making synopsis for personal development in the substance of self-improvement, education or for career where Kotter, 1995 interpreted PDP as a tool that assists an individual to learn from experience and accelerate to accomplish the required outcomes and objectives.

Nevertheless, Rouse, 2005 in his article “Personal development” concluded Personal development plan as a statement of an individual’s lifestyle and career priorities, career positioning, exploration of opportunities, identifying risks and generate an alternative plan to achieve desired goals and objectives. Therefore, PDP is the process which is outlined to enable an individual to reflect and construct a planning for academic, personal, and career development of an individual. By engaging with PDP an individual will be benefited in following ways.

- Enhance self- awareness of an individual- who he/her is and what the individual want.
- Determine the skill and expertise that an individual has already gained and identify the gaps that they need to achieve.
- Originate adequate appropriate plan to obtain the expertise and skills that an individual requires for academic studies and desired career path.

The aims and objective of this personal development portfolio identify and analyse my current situation with the utilisation of SWOT analysis and to reflect on my previous learning by utilising Graham Gibbs’s Reflective Cycle. Subsequently, an evaluation of myself through the application of Johari window model to understand and enhance my self-disclosure, self-awareness together with self-discovery will be included. Afterword, identification and justification of my career aspiration together with creation of 5 years’ personal development plan will be also included to mention all the important stages in detail.

2. Refection of previous learning

Reflection is the strategy to realise and enhance practice that we achieve from previous experience and this is a way to process our feelings and thought about an incident and create an opportunity for us to approach a terminology with our feelings and thoughts regarding it (Reynolds, 1998). Key points of reflection are following:

- This is an evaluation, exploration, analysis and explanation of an instance rather than simply just a description
- This often implies exposing errors, anxieties, weakness together with success and strengths
- It is essential to extract most essential parts on the instance on which reflection work will be carried out rather than select the whole story which may result of describing instead of reflecting.

2.1 What is implied in reflection?

This is an important part of thinking and learning where reflective learning signifies the purpose to learn from previous or current experience (Moon, 2004). This is the process of thinking in order to obtain understanding and develop new learning. According to (Gholami and Biria, 2014) flowing are the significant prospects of a reflection activity

- Create intuition of experience: People often don’t learn from experience by itself where with reflection an analysis can be carried out to make a clear meaning indeed that would lead to learning.
- Repetition: reflection implies checking an incident or event for many times to identify the outcomes from several viewpoints.
- Integrity: Reflection is significantly connected with honesty and integrity. This should be fair and honest representation of an event.
- Clarity: Greater clarity can be brought with a reflection activity which would assist at all steps of planning, performing, and effectively reviewing actions.
- Understanding: reflection assist to understand and get deeper insight of an activity instead of just thought.

2.2 Gibbs Reflection Model

I have employed Graham Gibbs’s Reflective Cycle developed in 1988 to reflect on my prior learning which is significant to assist an individual to learn from past experience. This model involves six stages to understand and learn to bring positivity and enhancement in personal life and career path.

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Graham Gibbs’s Reflective Cycle developed in 19881


This reflective statement is mainly based on my previous learning during staying in UK where I have entered in UK in June 2009 to study BA (Hons) in Applied Accounting at Anglia Ruskin University and have graduated in 2012 with first class. After my graduation I have finished my MSc in Accounting & Finance from BPP University with Merit and then I have enrolled for Doctor of Business Administration at UWS. Over the last few years I have had different experiences where some of them was positive and some of them was negative where I have faced so many difficulties and challenges to finish my studies. However, those difficulties have prepared me to face the challenges in life and inspired me for better future which is the most motivational factor for studying at DBA program.


I have both positive and negative feelings about my previous learning where I have positive feelings because undertaken programs (both BA & MSc) in both universities (Anglia Ruskin, BPP) were very well designed to enhance my skills and expertise where I have developed my knowledge about accounting, Audit, Tax, Business analysis, performance management, leadership, financial management and corporate governance significantly where most of the topics have been delivered during class lecture and tutorial spontaneously and clearly.

Behaviour of teachers has also created very positive feelings where I have experienced that all the teachers are very eager to assist students to develop their knowledge and understanding which was unseen in my back home. Any problem I faced whether it is academic or personal I got help from my teachers. Nevertheless, I have some negative feelings as well, especially regarding administration of university where I faced very unhealthy environment to get any support. It was very challenging even to talk with them where they were pretending, they are owner of me, and I have no right to talk with them. Moreover, sometimes both universities demonstrated that they only care about money not about student where once I could not pay my tuition fees, university did not allow me to attend the class.


Previous learning in UK has produced many positive benefits into my academic and personal life where I have developed so many skills and expertise to face the future challenges. Moreover, during my previous study I have been given the opportunity to perform activities with the people from diverse backgrounds where this diversity gave me a scope to learn about different culture, enhanced my innovation skills and developed my problem-solving skills and experts.

Furthermore, activities like class presentation and group work have developed my public speaking skills significantly where it was a matter of fear to communicate with other people. Nevertheless, I have experienced that some teachers were not caring about the student and did not give the opportunity to ask question which created confusion into me about the topics, but group work assisted a lot to overcome these kinds of challenges.


My experience regarding my previous is mainly positive because of environment of universities where each of the university has their own library to study and sufficient online resources which is easily accessible to research and gather knowledge and this type of facilities even weren’t in my dream. The opportunity to work within the group has also provided me positive experiences where most of the group members wear motivated and happy to help and this group work has provided me deep insight regarding my culture.

I was very afraid to speak public this is mainly because of lack of practices and weakness in English language as it is not my first language. However, Public speaking is a great self-esteem booster, significant to share views with other and assistance to enhance critical thinking (Behnke and Sawyer, 1999). However, various group activities and class presentation have provided me opportunities to overcome this problem significantly. Moreover, most of the lecturers I had during my previous learning wear very experienced and delivered lectures very effective way and they involved students in many practicing activities which also created positive experience for me.

However, study timetables weren’t much organised where so many classes cancelled even without any notice and didn’t have any recovery classes and that’s why I suffered a lot during exam time. Moreover, sometimes administration of the universities was reluctant to listen to our opinion even in the time we are right, and this created negative experience for me.


The experience regarding my previous learning is significantly positive even I had some difficulties and challenges regarding behaviour of administration people, timetables and financial difficulties. My prior learning has created an impression that effective teamwork with accountability and responsibility is very essential to be successful instead of working along. Furthermore, it also developed my public presentation skill significantly through different activities and group work.

Moreover, my pervious learnings have also created an impression that negative feedback is very essential to correct the mistakes and make me perfect. I strongly consider that skill, expertise and knowledge I have attained from my prior learning will support me to be effective in personal life and professional life.

Action Plan

In future, I will develop positive relationship with people from the first day of activity as group work is very essential to be successful and I will prepare myself to face any situation whether it is positive or negative. I would invest more time to overcome the problem of public speaking to express my opinion to other people and try to build positive relationship with administration people.

3. Current position

At present I am studying Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program which has been started in April 2016 which has two phases where phase one consists of four compulsory modules including Strategic Thinking &Value Management (STVM), Strategy into Action (SIA), Leadership for professional development, Research Methodology where each of them requires individual assignment consists of company report, evidence review and reflection on leadership development. Phase two consists of researching a management problem through action learning sets to complete a 60,000 words thesis over the last two years.

I have completed first two subjects of phase one (SIA, STVM) and close to finish final two subjects (Leadership for professional development, Research Methodology) after that I will move to my final destination to 60,000 words thesis.

Since I have started DBA program, I have gained some inevitable skill to be successful in the business for instance, identification problems those are being facing by the organisations, how to solve those problem, how to add valve to the organisation and how to implement successful strategies within the organisation. Moreover, throughout the DBA program I am having opportunity to work with people from different background in the Action learning sets which has created an impression into me that teamwork is behind the success of anything.

Before I have started DBA, I have completed MSc in Accounting & Finance from BPP University and BA (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Anglia Ruskin University which has allowed me to gain vast knowledge on Accounting and finance related issue. Moreover, I am an affiliate member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), i.e. passed all the papers but no practical experience yet which also has assisted me to achieve knowledge in accounting and finance related topics. Nevertheless, I have lack of experience and expertise in management related topics which was one of the key factors that motivated me to study on DBA program because this program is mainly focused on management related issues and provides deeper insights on this topic.

As I have career aspiration to work at the executive level of the company where management skills and self-awareness are vital requirement therefore, I found this useful to identify my strengths & weaknesses, explore the opportunities and eliminate and reduce threat where SWOT analysis is very useful tool.

3.1 Self- awareness

Self-awareness is the process of having a diaphanous understanding of an individual’s personality including strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, thoughts, emotions and motivation that allows an individual to understand other people and, how they perceive about that individual (Silvia and Phillips, 2013). Nevertheless, Asendorpf et al. (1996) defined self-awareness as understanding and recognizing how an individual’s emotions affect own interactions of an individual with others and effect on emotional state of other people which involves being aware about own emotional state.

Therefore, prior to the reflection on past learning experience, I have found useful to utilise SWOT analysis as a self-awareness tool because it will assist to maximise strengths and diminish weaknesses of an individual. Moreover, it can assist an individual to understand preference and personality traits.

3.2 Strengths (Internal and positive)

This is internal positive aspects of an individual that are under your control, for instance things where an individual really good at and value that an individual has to offer, etc.

Academic results: I have achieved great academic results during my previous studies which is one of my great strengths where I have completed my BA(Hons) in Applied Accounting with first class (74% mark on average) and completed my MSc in Accounting & Finance with merit (63%).

Moreover, I am affiliate member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (completed 14 papers out of 14) which is the leading professional body for chartered accountant. In addition, I have successfully completed first two subject (SIA, STVM) of DBA program with more than 60% marks which is a great achievement in my academic life and this academic result will differentiate me from other which can be great advantage for my career.

Work Experience: I have been working as a Payroll coordinator at Selfridges for last four years which has been giving me practical experience and deeper insights regarding management role and this practical experience might be one of the sources of competitive advantages in future.

Time management: I am committed to maintain accurate time management in my academic and working places where till now I have completed my all the assignments and work responsibilities in a timely manner and always meet the deadline set for work.

Team worker: I am very good team worker where I am very happy to assist team member with my knowledge and expertise to achieve desired goal. My positive team working often help to build relationship with people where I strongly believe building relationship rather than complaining about another member is more significant to be successful.

Technology: I am able to adopt to any technology and changes in technology where I have efficient knowledge on modern technological devices and can operate effectively.

3.3 Weakness (Internal and negative)

These are internal negative aspects of an individual that are under control of an individual and which can be improved by action and practices. For instance, limited knowledge, lack of experience.

Lack of management knowledge: All of my educational background is on accounting and finance related but have not got any management insights during my previous study. However, management knowledge is essential to achieve career objective and goals which is one of my significant weakness.

Patience is not virtue: I always feel in rush to complete any task and I have lack of patience in regarding anything where I often get annoyed with the people who are slow moving during the completion of given tasks. This weakness sometimes creates obstacle during team work as other people feel annoyed with me as well for my lack of patience.

Lack of professional experience: I have already completed all of my academic parts of chartered accounting but still I am not full member of ACCA because of lack of professional experience which requires 3 years’ professional experience to claim full membership.

3.4 Opportunities (External and positive)

Positive external conditions of an individual which are not within control of that individual but if these can be explored will be advantageous factor for that individual.


1 Gibbs, G.R., 2015. Learning and qualitative data analysis with information technology: the role of exploration (Doctoral dissertation, University of Huddersfield).

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Personal Development Portfolio. Theory and Personal Objectives
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