Professional development II - how to create a short and long term strategy
This post is the second in a series of four, where I reflect on how I have worked with my professional development during the last 15 years:
how to create a short and long term strategy
In a modern world with job, family, and for some people even fitness training, it is difficult to find time for professional development. I have had one single month without kids in my career, so I have always had to plan to have time for professional development. And since I graduated in pure math, and took a job as a programmer, I had quite a curriculum to learn compared to my colleagues with a computer science degree.
During the last 10 years, I have kept lists of things, I wanted to do, things I wanted to learn, books/blogs/papers I wanted to read. Whenever I was inspired by something, I wrote it down.
I also made plans divided into semesters, where my plans reached 2-3 years out. In a plan I identified a number of perspectives in my learning. Examples are
Books to read
You should of course identify perspectives, which fits into your career vision.
Next, for each semester, I picked from the list of things I wanted, put them in perspectives.
In an agile manner, I always were explicit in the upcoming semester, and more vague in future semesters.
This is my strategy process and the semester-perspective matrix with goals is my learning strategy. I do this exercise at least twice a year to help me prioritize learning goals.
Read more about how to achieve the goals in the strategy in the next post coming up soon.