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  Learning Log - Charting Progress
 

Ongoing review of your performance is critical to the whole process of personal development.  It is a continuous process by which you can check whether or not you are on track to meet your objectives. The Learning Log is designed to help you review and record your progress. In addition it is strongly recommended that you maintain a personal portfolio of key documents which will help you to:

  • Provide documented evidence of your commitment to your chosen profession and of your continued competence. 
  • Update your Curriculum Vitae and recall details of topics you have studied.
  • Providing a means by which you can plan, record and review your relevant development activities.

An important part of your portfolio is your CV.  As part of charting your progress make a habit of regularly updating your CV.  This has the added advantage of making sure you always have an up to date CV available at short notice. 

 How should I keep my Portfolio ?

There are a number of ways in which this may be done but the most usual is, quite simply, an A4 ring binder containing :

  • Your Learning Log
  • Certificates showing the competencies or qualifications you have gained
  • Examples of work which demonstrate your competence
  • Descriptions of projects/courses etc. you have undertaken and how you developed as a result
  • Your up-to-date CV
  • All your “Regulatory” certificates eg. Offshore Survival, Fire Fighting etc.
  • Your portfolio may also contain evidence of competence that you are gathering to meet the requirements of some competence based qualifications.


WORKED  EXAMPLES

“WHERE  I  AM”

STEP  ONE

Relevant Skills Areas

How Demonstrated

Assess Capability

PERSONAL

 

 

Example 1

Building professional networks

Example 1

Getting support for cross industry proposals on latest safety initiative.

 

Example 1

OK but could be improved

BUSINESS

 

 

Example 2

Managing “Quality improvement” implementation

Example 2

Providing line input to next year’s review of internal standards group. Also letter of appreciation from Project Leader

 

Example 2

One of my strengths, an area of real interest for me

EDUCATIONAL

 

 

EXAMPLE 3

Achieving Institute Certificate in Environmental Studies

EXAMPLE 3

Examinations as required to reach next stage of professional membership

 

EXAMPLE 3

Preparing to sit examination in June next year

PROFESSIONAL

 

 

EXAMPLE 4

Determining optimum treatments for wellbore fluid problems

EXAMPLE 4

Being able to give advice on the implications of formation mineralogy to clients

 

EXAMPLE 4

Basic understanding OK but need more depth to operate in ‘consultant’ mode 

LIFESTYLE

 

 

EXAMPLE 5

Reduce risk of heart disease

 

 

 

 

EXAMPLE 5

Being able to walk up the stairs to the top floor without having to stop to catch breath

 

 

EXAMPLE 5

Not as good as it should be for someone of my age


WORKED  EXAMPLES

“WHERE  I  AM  GOING”

STEP  TWO

Current or Future Needs

Personal Objectives (SMART)

PERSONAL

 

Example 1

Becoming increasingly important to have good personal contacts, as previously fixed organisations become more fluid.

 

Example 1

a) Produce inventories of current network and count the live contacts relevant to work

b) Plan programme to get in touch with 50% of these by year-end and remainder by September next year

c) Add additional 20% to network list by end of next year

 

BUSINESS

 

Example 2

Becoming more important to have good “line” people with capability of working quality process issues. Future career opportunities here!

Example 2

a) Make sure capability and interest in this area is noted by Anne

b) Obtain some recognised qualification in this field

c) Add 5 new professional contacts in this field

 

EDUCATIONAL

 

Example 3

Industry employers, particularly those who are contracted to work overseas where work permits have to be obtained for UK employees, increasingly seek Institute membership

 

Example 3

a) Complete evening classes by March

b) Review past examination material in April (for last three years )

c) Plan schedule of revision for May modified by review of past exam material

 

 

 

 

 

 


WORKED  EXAMPLES

“WHERE  I  AM  GOING”

STEP  TWO

Current or Future Needs

Personal Objectives (SMART)

PROFESSIONAL

 

Example 4

Will become more relevant from two years hence with formation of new Technical Advisory Panel now being set up in response to legislative changes

 

 

Example 4

a)  aim to be recognised as having consultancy level skills by the end of next year by being appointed to the Technical Panel

 

LIFESTYLE

 

Example 5

Obviously important because of implications for general health. Also if action is not taken now things will continue to deteriorate

 

Example 5

a)  Reduce weight by 0.5 stone by end of year and maintain this weight through following year

b)  Stop smoking by Xmas

c) Complete annual fun run (10Km) at next year’s gala in under one hour

 

 

 




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