Professional Development

It is defined as learning tactics, strategies, acquiring skills, gaining knowledge in order to bring improvement in personal attributes and as well as in upgrading the job and bringing positive changes in overall personality and job as well.

It is a source of bringing a constructive change in the life style of individuals and their approaches towards work. Organizations must be concerned about taking strong measures so as to build highly qualified and skilled workforce resulting in high returns.

Professional Development Source of Personal Development

Professional development grooms the human personality, brings refinement to thinking and ways of valuing and perceiving the world. It leads you toward thinking big and avoiding chances of error in life, removes imperfections and develops self confidence and consistency but it is just one aspect of professional development.

Professional Development Source of Career Development

At one side where by professional development an employee gets benefited by gaining personal exposure and personal growth shaping his personality and thoughts on the other side of the picture this development immensely effects the job expansion and career development. In both the cases the employee remains better off as by professional development one gets self groomed and also job opportunities increases and career path becomes clear.

Professional Development an Ongoing Process

It’s an ongoing process which can never expected to end until and unless a person itself gives up and is unwilling to take measures for his job growth and personal development

Sources of Professional Development

There are different ways in which professional development can occur. Attending seminars, workshops and taking short certificate courses are few sources of professional development. There are also institutes functioning to provide professional development and assistance. Mentoring and coaching are also other possible and important sources of professional development.


Thomas R. Guskey (2000), “Evaluating professional development”, Corwin Press, pg 308

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