SQLSat86 Session Review: Andy Warren’s ‘Building a Professional Development Plan’
Before we begin, I must first admit that when I saw ‘Building a Professional Development Plan’ in the SQL Saturday 85 Schedule in Orlando back in September, I was not enthusiastic about attending this session as I thought it was more for consultants or for those looking to start their own business. Quite simply, I was thinking business plan and not individual plan. In hindsight, I wish I had attended this session back then, but I digress.
As most everyone knows, Andy Warren is the father of SQL Saturday and his status in the SQL community is legendary. With that being said I will now list the things that I learned from this session.
- Generally we do not like setting goals as there is an inherit risk of failure.
- The professional development plan, or PDP, is essentially your business plan as you are essentially a business with a plan.
- The PDP should be a pretty good mixture of growth items as well as technical items, such as:
- Formal Education
- Am I learning skills that only apply to my current job?
- What will be the next job that I search for?
- Will it be within my company?
- Am I being siloed into a narrow skill set in order to accomplish my existing responsibilities?
- Where are you going and what do you want should be reflected in your PDP. What is the balance of the following items:
- More Money
|0-20 hours||No goal, no plan–Just work|
|21-50 hours||Standard Maintenance|
|51-100 hours||Slow growth, adding one skill|
|101-200 hours||Serious investment|
|200+ hours||Different focus / Hyper Growth|
- A Personal Development Plan should include the following:
- Networking, you should always try to meet three new people at each event or training.
- Writing / Communication skills
- Leadership / Management training
- Formal Education (or degree)
- Teaching / Presenting
- Professional Organizations / Events
- It gives you practice writing
- It shows your level of consistency and follow through to future employers
- It shows that you participate in your profession
I thoroughly enjoyed this session and will be developing my own Professional Development Plan before the end of the year. Thanks, Andy.