Personal Development Planning (PDP)

The University of Sheffield is committed to providing a structured and supported process for all its students to reflect upon their learning and achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. With this aim in mind, Personal Development Planning (PDP) has been developed by the University to help you think about the following questions:

  • Academic learning – how does my course develop my employability?
  • Career Development – what are the skills I need for my career?
  • Personal – how do I learn best?

The PDP process has been designed to help you to:

  • Identify weaknesses in your study habits or approaches to assessment that it would be beneficial to improve upon.
  • Identify opportunities for learning or developing skills outside the course you study
  • Develop transferable skills that employers will want you to have
  • Build up a record of evidence of your transferable skills and knowledge that will be useful to have when making applications for jobs.
  • Provide information that will assist staff to write a reference for you in support of a job application.

An eportfolio system is available on MOLE. The purpose of the eportfolio system will be to allow you, as student users, to record your learning experiences, meetings with tutors, extra curricula activities and skills development. This can be done at a time to suit you and in a structured and supported way which allows for the diversity of departmental teaching and learning methods.

The purpose of the portfolio and how to use it will be explained to you during your induction and you will be encouraged to use the portfolio. The information contained within the portfolio will be valuable for you to use when completing CVs and application forms. It also provides additional information about additional sources of support available to you, such as the careers service and student services.

If you are studying a dual degree, you will complete a PDP with your ‘Home Department’.