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Introduction & Welcome


Welcome to Personal Development Portfolio for year two students.

Building on your experiences last year, the prompts and exercises in these pages aim to encourage a habit of thinking in greater depth about your academic progress and relating your developing skills to future plans.

Taking time to identify, describe and reflect on your strengths and achievements, as well as setting objectives for improvement, will help maximise your academic success. It will also enable you to express more clearly the benefits of your studies and other learning experiences to employers or others.

These pages are designed to help you to:-

  • Reflect on your academic skills and abilities to capitalise on your strengths and identify areas for development;

  • Set development objectives for academic and employment related skills;

  • Collate evidence of the qualities and competencies that employers seek which can be used in completing application forms, CVs and in interviews;

  • Recognise and record evidence of your achievements and progress;

  • Think, plan and research career and further training opportunities for post-graduation success.


'For my probationary review in my first graduate job, I used my PDP to help identify strengths and set targets for the future. As a result I was given a pay rise!'

BA Business Studies Student

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