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Professional Development Plan? Mentor? Both?


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I have recently had the offer to basically turn my role into whatever I want it to be - sounds great, right?!  Except that...I DON'T KNOW where I want to grow, learn, do more.  I should've started a PDP a long time ago. 

Let's face it, I'm usually the one asking others, what do you need from me, but now the company is asking - "what do YOU want?" and the tables are turned. 

I know I'd like to create a PDP but don't I first need to know what I want? Why is this so hard for me to define?  I love my job, I love the variety of challenges, I love the people I work with.  I don't know what I'd change.  I don't know where to "stretch" next, but I'm being given the opportunity and I don't want to lose it...so now what?!

Do these questions mean that I need a mentor?  Or what other suggestions do you have?  Where did you all start with creating a PDP? 

I will be attending APC and will be looking for areas of interest and opportunity then, but I hate to wait that long to begin.

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Hello JenC, I'm a newbie in admin roles and so do not really know much in this capacity, 

However, to answer you directly, I'd agree that you need a mentor over and above any professional development plan for now. When you're sure of the new path you'd like to tow that will in turn determine the professional development plan you should embark on.

Best wishes! 

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