Taking charge of your own learning

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Working as an independent contractor and freelancer I am responsible for my own professional development. I do not have a boss sitting me down and asking me how I would like to develop professionally and I do not have bi-annual performance meetings. No-one is pushing, or encouraging me to achieve or develop my career. It is my responsibility alone. I have complete freedom with no accountability.

This is a double edged sword. On one hand I can develop skills I am interested in, I can chose what, where, when and how I learn. And oh how I love that freedom! On the other hand I need to finance my own professional development and I have no accountability to anyone but myself. It could be easy to let the day to day work demands overtake learning and professional development, after all it’s nice to relax at night time right! But then future opportunities might start to dwindle and if I’m not learning and improving then I’m not maintaining my edge.

This year I have set myself a goal of doing bi-annual learning plans. In these I will plan what skills I will learn and practice, how I will do this, and when I will achieve it. Being self-employed I’ve decided I can be more accountable by sharing my plans with you! And you’re more than welcome to give me feedback too. If you think there’s something better I could do or something else you think I should check out.

I will publically post my learning plan next week to be accountable. I will share with you my successes and my failures in my professional development along the way. I’ll be open to conversations, feedback, and suggestions.

This is how I’m taking charge of my professional development this year. How will you take charge of yours?

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3 thoughts on “Taking charge of your own learning

  1. Great idea. You also would do well to identify a mentor to meet with regularly. That way they give you an objective view and offer a different challenge and accountability. Some discussions may not be best suited to a public forum 😆

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    • Hi Cathy, great point about having mentors. I’ve had a few for different aspects of my work in the past. You’ve got me thinking that maybe it is time I go searching for a new mentor, I’ve been using my PLN as a replacement. Interested to hear your thoughts about what you think would be not suitable for public forum – good to have other options too… If you want to chat more you can also message me through the contact me on this site. Thanks 🙂

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