What Is A Professional Development Plan?

Professional development has always been an important part of career advancement, but like many, you might be struggling with what to put in yours.  Ideally you want to ensure that your professional development training has a direct affect on your career growth and encompasses leadership activities.

As a woman who really wants to excel in your career and leadership skills, putting a professional development plan in place for yourself is one of the best ways to achieve your career goals, while balancing the lifestyle and family time you love. I highly suggest doing this twice a year and then check in with your progress.

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Both organizations and clients consistently look for people who are plugged into the latest trends, but they also want you to be able to take those tools and in turn convert them into serving them better.  They want to see that you are up to speed on what is impacting your field and are able to keep pace with the changes in technology and best practices. 

From a strategic perspective no one can conquer all the latest and greatest, but if you map out key trainings and pace yourself over 12 months, you’ll be amazed at the opportunities that come from it. 

5 Specific Areas To Include In Your Professional Development Plan: 

1. Mindset Training

Whether you want to exceed at presenting, outperform in high-impact meetings, negotiate your best salary, climb the corporate ladder, or take your business to the next level, what you are thinking about affects your focus and the action steps you take.

Look for training that does the following:

  • Gets you into a relaxed mental state
  • Helps you incorporate your situation into the strategic session
  • Enables you to explore self-awareness and reflection
  • Is an ongoing process that you incorporate into a daily ritual

Our Power To Thrive™ Mindset Training is specifically designed to build your confidence, help you innovate ideas, and become a sought after leader with strategic thinking skills.

2. Communication Skills

Most believe they are great communicators, yet studies show that the average person adds complexity to situations, whereas people who develop their communication skills simplify situations.  The more simple situations and challenges can be communicated, the easier the connection between people and it’s solutions can be realized. 

 Look for training that does the following:

  • Helps you focus on simplifying situations
  • Develops connection while having a conversation
  • Brings in self awareness 
  • Allows you to navigate emotionally charged situations

  3. Update & Understand Your Unique Value Proposition

Confidence comes from understanding your value, and understanding your value is formulated from how you think about yourself and then how you communicate what you think about yourself.  You may have noticed that these all flow into each other, yet are developed uniquely.  

If you aren’t clear on your unique value no one else can be.  

Look for training that does the following:

  • Helps you connect your accolades over your career
  • Allows you to tell the story of your achievements
  • Highlights your areas of weakness, but balances them with your professional development plan
  • Enables you to showcase why you’re the right person 

4. Explore Technology and Systems To Increase Productivity

I can’t stress this enough.  Technology is critical for your professional development.  Over the next decade it’s predicted that, although artificial intelligence won’t replace managers, but managers who use AI will replace those who don’t.  When it comes to technology, women are behind and it’s an area that is fascinating once you lean into it because once learned, it increase productivity and potential across the board.  

From building your professional brand and scheduling meetings, to understanding your clients and navigating online meetings, technology is crucial for your advancement.

Look for training that does the following:

  • Saves time
  • Systematizes repetitive tasks
  • Can replicate processes for scaling
  • Increases understanding of your client or simplifies stages


5. Upgrade Your Technical Skills


You’ll notice that this is listed last.  When it comes to digging into women’s development, the best way to help you develop effective leadership qualities and career growth is to do so holistically.  This means, showing you how to use the training that will help you with both personal and professional development so that they flow into all aspects of life and growth.

Most women start with upgrading technical skills which is a mistake for our changing culture.  The reason you want to look at the other four areas of professional development first is because you’ve likely learned enough in your field to eloquently deliver it, but where you haven’t had enough training to allow you to be masterful is in mindset, communication, technology or what’s unique about yourself.

While upgrading your skill within your profession is required, for you to reach the heights of success you’re searching for won’t be your answer.  Get out of the groove of what is safe and easy, discover the areas that you have yet to explore and grow in.  Being successful comes from developing the aspects of self that haven’t been explored rather than just repeating the one are that has been.  Upgrading technical skills is safe with no personal risk of putting yourself out there. This means that staying in your safe zone could be keeping you stuck, but it doesn’t have to. 

We’re here to help your career growth, while you thrive in both your personal and professional development. 

Check out our professional development resources today!

Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter

CEO & Founder of Wealthy Woman Warrior™

Andrea created her proprietary mindset training, Power To Thrive™ over 15 years ago. She now infuses it with business development and professional development training so women can reach their goals quickly and easily without burning out.

Andrea Carter is on a mission to empower 1 million women to ignite their professional potential by 2025.  She believes that through training, collaboration and proven habits all women can succeed.

Check out her TedX Talk on the Pivot To Gender Parity Today!

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