Personal and Professional Development Concept

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Personal andProfessional Development
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1TASK 1............................................................................................................................................11.1 Evaluate approaches to self-managed learning................................................................1TASK 2............................................................................................................................................42.1 Evaluation of own current skills and competencies against professional standards andorganisational objectives........................................................................................................42.2 Identification of own development needs and the activities required to meet them........52.3 Identification of development opportunities to meet current and future defined needs...62.4 Devise a personal and professional development plan based on identified needs...........7TASK 3............................................................................................................................................93.1 Process and activities required in implementing development plan................................93.2 Undertaking and documenting development activities..................................................113.3 Reflect critically on learnings against original aims and objectives in development plan113.4 Updating development plan based on feedback and evaluation.....................................12TASK 4..........................................................................................................................................134.1 Solutions to work-based problems.................................................................................134.2 Communicating in a variety of styles and appropriate manner at various levels...........144.3 Evaluation and usage of effective time-management strategies.....................................16CONCLUSION..............................................................................................................................17REFERENCES..............................................................................................................................18
INTRODUCTIONPersonal and professional development is a concept in which an individual develops andimplements strategies for their growth (Chipchase, Johnston and Long, 2012). It is an importantaspect which helps a person to enhance their capabilities to work along with future opportunities.This report is based on Travelodge Hotel which is a private organisation and operate its businessin the hotels and hospitality industry in UK. The company is famous for its hospitality servicesand offers many holiday packages to its customers at affordable rates. It is essential for amanager of hotel to manage their self-learning in order to enhance their future development. Inthis project, professional development plan is considered by company to determine strength andweakness of an individual. Along with this, interpersonal and transferable skills is alsodemonstrated in this assignment which company need so as to achieve their goals and objectivesin allotted time frame.TASK 11.1 Evaluate approaches to self-managed learningSelf-managed learning is an approach in which an individual manages their own learning.It helps an individual to enhance their lifelong development and skills. This concept is alsoconsidered by companies which helps them to develop skills of their employees by providingtraining and knowledge (Pillen, Beijaard and Brok, 2013). By this, members can able to dealwith every problems and circumstances. In context of Travelodge hotel,this concept of self-managed learning also helps the manager of company to achieve their goals. In this, they providetraining to their staff members which helps them to learn new things and accomplish their tasksin time. It is related with goals setting and identifying purpose of learning to attain set targets. Inthis context, there are some key approaches to self-managed learning which are helpful to copeup with professional and environment, these are:Conferences and seminars:To attain goals and learn new things, this approach is abetter option which can manage self-learning. According to this, a person can gain somuch of experience and knowledge by attending conferences and seminars. By this theycan resolve their issues and also helps in gaining confidence. In context of Travelodge,the manager of hotel can also develop and enhance their skills by attending conferences1
and seminars. This provides them opportunities to present themselves and shareknowledge achieved by them.Social network:Another approach by which an individual can gain and manage theirself knowledge is through social networking sites (Grima-Farrell, 2015). In order todevelop skills and learn new things, individual should engage themselves in social sites.They should do video conferencing and share their opinions with each other which helpsthem to learn a lot. The manager of Travelodge should also use social networking site togain knowledge and resolve their issues. By this they can also accomplish their targets inassigned times.Internet:This can also be an another approach which helps an individual to increasetheir potential at workplace. This also assist a person to assess different articles throughinternet and gain knowledge. In context of Travelodge, the manager should also useinternet to attain required knowledge for personal and professional development. By this,they can reach out their set goals and manage entire working of company.Thus, these are the ways or approaches by which the manager of Travelodge can managetheir learning and enhance their skills to achieve goals.1.2 Ways in which lifelong learning in personal and professional contexts could be encouragedLifelong learning is said to be a process of continuous learning in which an individualcontributes their efforts to reach their goals. It is an ongoing process which is undertakenthroughout life. The main aim of this learning is to improve knowledge, skills and competencies,personal and professional life style and enhance career growth and opportunities (Elliott, 2012).It is a broad term in education and development which is conducted after schooling. It isvoluntary and self-motivated in nature and depends on person to person that is totally rely onindividual. In this, a person learns new things which helps them to develop their personal andprofessional growth. This process is also beneficial for the manager of Travelodge as by this theycan deal with all challenges and help employees in their projects. This also gives confidence toaccept face problems and accept challenges. It plays a vital role in individual as well as incollective form and have many advantages that are as follows:It helps staff members of company to gain qualification which give career advancementwhen they have enough knowledge and skills that helps to reach at high peak of career. On otherhand it enhances employability and promotion aspects that gives them satisfaction and2
motivation. When an individual professionally capable enough then they have lot ofopportunities to earn many things in life. Lifelong learning gives advancement to broaden theirknowledge that helps in professional development and also give satisfaction in career. Socontinuous and life long learning is very important in today's fierce competitive world to keeponeself updated andknowledgeenough to grab potential opportunities. There are variousmethods in whichmanagerof Travelodge should adopt to learn new things in day to day life toremain competitive enough in today's scenario. Methods of life long learning are as follows:Self-directed learning:In self-directed learning, an individual is responsible and take initiative to study andaccept challenges without taking help of others (Hildebrand, 2018). It is the method in which aperson implements new techniques or strategies to achieve their goals. This method is alsoadvantageous for staff members of Travelodge, as by this they can expand their knowledge andimprove their skills.Continuous professional development:CPD is another way of continuous learning of an individual on a regular basis. It isbeneficial process which enhance personal and professional growth. This assists employees ofTravelodge to determine their strength, weakness andtrack skills. It aids them in upgrading theirknowledge and make sure about their growth along with future opportunities.1.3 Evaluation of benefits of self-managed learning to individuals and organisationSelf-managed learning is a structural process through the help of which personnel takessteps towards development and accomplishment of goals that are essential in a person's life. Thiscontinuous process is largely significant for individuals as well as organisation as it is impactedby performance given by employees. The two fold benefits of self-managed learning is asfollows:Benefits to individual in Travelodge:It is a process which helps individuals indeveloping certain essential skills and traits that are necessary for carrying out activities withinorganisational premises (Hicks and et. al., 2014). The major benefit of this self managed learningis associated with the flexibility of process as it helps individuals in becoming effective andefficient for delivering performance in Travelodge. This assists personnel in developing ways todeal with and tackle complex situations that may arise in business context. Also, this process3
enhances the decision making power of business persons operating in corporate world along withincreasing the productivity of individuals at workplace.Benefits for Travelodge:A significant benefit of self-managed learning process inrelation to Travelodge is that it assists in reduction of cost of learning in an entity. Also, thisprocess helps the managers in enhancing and developing effective skills and knowledge tomanage the activities and functions of the company. When leaders and managers will beeffective, it implies that workforce will complete all the assigned tasks in a desirable mannerwithin due course of time (Macià and García, 2016). This reflects opportunities for company togain a strategic edge in market by way of competitive workforce and management.TASK 22.1 Evaluation of own current skills and competencies against professional standards andorganisational objectivesSkills are the traits and competence that one needs to develop one's personal andprofessional abilities to perform tasks (Kumari, 2011). Skills audit is a tool used to measure andrecord skills of a personnel. The major purpose of conducting this in context of Travelodge is toidentify the skills and knowledge required by workforce to carry out tasks within the premises ofan enterprise. A skills audit is conducted by me to identify and assess my skills as per currentand future needs, as follows:As an assistant manager in Travelodge, it is essential for me to evaluate my skills andneed for further improvement.Skills and CompetenciesScoreScore from othersDifferenceGood communication skills891Leadership skills781Negotiation Skills8102Conflict resolution96-3Time management and problem-solving skills86-2Customer Focus74-3From this skill auditing process, I have evaluated that my main strength point is mycommunication skill. Through this skill, I am able to influence workers towards achievement of4
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