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Posted: 5th Jul 2015  |  Share this Article:

I can’t believe we are now past the half year point of 2015 time flies when you are having fun!!.

This is an opportune time to reflect, look at what you have achieved to date and make plans for the remainder of the year.

This is a great time to dust down the  individual development plan (IDP)  which I hope most of you have, BTW! ! Check whether you are on track with your plan or whether there is a need for you to start to accelerate.

For those that do not have an IDPs they are a great template/tool to have. The objective of these documents is for you to document the new skills which you would like to develop or skills you would like to develop further during the course of the year. You would then agree and discuss your plan with your line manager. This is also a great time to discuss with your line manager your career path and what you would like to aspire too (3-5 year career plan). This is a great opportunity for you to bring up other interests that you have or would like to get involved in. These vary from your core responsibilities some examples are writing internal/external communications, PR, budget controller, event management – if these types of jobs interest you – speak up, there is absolutely no reason why you cannot get involved with these additional roles as long as your core duties are not impacted negatively, your line manager should be very supportive.

For those of you who have not had the chance to have a developmental discussion with your managers please do so. It is so important for us to have additional challenges and variation in our roles. If this is something that interests you it can be extremly rewarding, and I feel very strongly that all of us in the admin community should have at a minimum about developmental opportunities available to you.

Having additional goals and learning new skills keeps the mind fresh and active, it can make a role more interesting and diverse therefore having a more positive impact on you, therefore your productivity increases and both you, the organisation and your colleagues benefit from positivity directly and indirectly.

It is a win, win.

IDP make sure you have one!.

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Vivien Edwards

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Vivien Edwards

Cornerstone42 founder

Vivien has nearly 20 years administrative experience covering project and event management, recruitment, training and development, mentorship and supervisory for other admins.

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