professional development essay

Your Professional Development Plan (PDP) Essay is a well-written, self-reflection document that thoughtfully
ties together the information in your Competency Worksheets: Competency grid, responses to the Internship
& Work Experiences questions and Action Plan grid.
In this essay, you will discuss your five professional competencies in detail, where you describe what you have
accomplished to date, what you must improve upon, and why. Be sure to also discuss how your Action Plan
and Internship & Work Experiences play a part in your professional development. By crafting this essay, you
will become more aware of your unique selling points to prospective employers, and how you may improve
your skills and marketability in a competitive job market.
To be submitted on Canvas by May 10th. Note – we cannot open .pages – MUST USE: PDF documents or
Word files.
Rubric: Spelling and grammatical errors will reduce points earned for this assignment. If assignment is submitted late,
5 points will be deducted from the score for each day beyond due date.
Final Competency Essay Rubric:
60 points – Clearly connects the course experiences, activities and assignments to real-life personal experiences.
For each competency, essay clearly discusses each accomplishment and area for improvement. Demonstrates
clear understanding of why improvements are important. Each action plan clearly states the goal and why it is
important, timeframe and how it will be achieved. Overall, work is informative and well-organized. Virtually no
spelling/grammatical errors.
45 points – For each competency, essay clearly discusses most accomplishments and areas for improvement.
Mentions why improvements are important. Each action plan is missing one of these elements: clearly states
the goal and why it is important, timeframe and how it will be achieved. Overall, work is well organized.
30 points – For each competency, discusses some accomplishments and areas for improvement. Reasonably
well organized.
15 points – Lists all or most accomplishments and areas for improvement for each competency.

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