How to plan your continuing professional development.
Think about what you want to achieve in the next year (short-term), in two to five years (medium-term) and in ten years (long-term) and write it down. Focus on specific competences relevant to your current job and future aspirations.
Start with your short-term goals and think about what you need to do to achieve them, for example learning a new skill, gaining new work experience or taking on more responsibility. Compile a list of things to do and then put them in order of importance.
Take the first three to four items on your list and set achievable objectives with a measure of success (how you will know it’s been achieved) and a target date. Think about the actions you will need to undertake to meet your objectives, what resources you will need, and who can help you.
Creating a written plan will show you are committed to making it happen. If you don’t have a company recording system you can use the IET’s online professional development tool Career Manager. Set a review date and put it in your diary.
TIP: Rather than starting from scratch, you could use the notes from your last appraisal, any preparation you have done for your last job interview, your CV, or current job description as the basis for this stage.
Do you need help to define your goals? Apply for an IET mentor through our Mentoring Service.
If professional registration is your aim, read about the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Engineering Technician (EngTech) and ICT Technician (ICTTech). Refer to our Initial Development (IPD) web pages for specific guidance on professional development for registration.
Use Career Manager (the IET's online professional development recording tool) to plan your CPD objectives and actions.