Notion – Professional Development Plan Template


Use our professional development template to list goals for your employee’s skills and knowledge development over their career with you.

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Notion – Professional Development Plan Template

Use our professional development template to list goals for your employee’s skills and knowledge development over their career with you. In your performance review meeting, rate their progress in the plan and discuss further opportunities that might help them upskill. Regular professional development plans and updates are useful references when it comes to discussing promotions and pay increases.


What you need before purchase

  • Basic knowledge of how to use Notion
  • Paid Notion account if you’ve looking to add lots of content to your template / Notion account (sign up here). Not much content? You’re able to use their free account.


After purchase

After purchase you’ll be able to view the template immediately. The template can added to your Notion account by:

  • Click on the template download link in Gumroad
  • When viewing the Notion template, click on the “Duplicate” link in the top-right of your screen
  • The template will now be available in your own Notion account

For ongoing use, the steps are:

  • Login to Notion and select the template you want to view
  • Click on the Duplicate link in the top-right of your screen to create a copy to use
  • You’ll be able to retain the Notion template and work on the Duplicate (with a new name) and can repeat this process whenever you want to use the template again


What is a professional development plan?

A professional development plan (PDP) is the blueprint for your career, it’s what you need to do to get where you want to go. It’s a roadmap that shows how you can achieve your goals and objectives over time. A PDP will help you set clear direction on your learning and development needs so you can make informed decisions about which courses are right for you.

Professional development planning process

Professional development planning steps:

  1. Identify your current skills, knowledge, experience and interests
  2. Decide what you want to learn or develop
  3. Determine your learning and development priorities
  4. Select appropriate courses
  5. Plan your study schedule
  6. Evaluate your progress
  7. Review and revise your plan
  8. Implement your plan
  9. Reflect on your experiences
  10. Celebrate!

How to create a professional development plan

Step 1: Identify your current skills and knowledge

Think about what you already know and have achieved in your previous roles. What would be valuable to add to your skill set? What new skills would you like to acquire? How can you improve your communication skills? Are there any areas of expertise that you could build upon?

Step 2: Decide what you want your future role to look like

Think about what you want your next role to be like. Do you want to work more independently, with less supervision? Or perhaps you’d prefer to take on more responsibility and lead others? If you’re not sure, talk to people who’ve worked in similar positions.

Step 3: Determine your learning and developmental priorities

Now think about what you want to learn and develop. Think about what you really need to learn, as well as what you might enjoy doing. For example, if you want to become a manager, then you’ll probably want to focus on developing your leadership skills. You may also want to consider taking some training courses related to managing teams and delegating tasks.

Step 4: Select appropriate courses

Now you need to decide which courses you should enrol in. Think about whether you want to spend your money on courses that will enhance your existing skills, or whether you’d rather invest in something completely different. Perhaps you’d like to attend an advanced course that will provide you with a qualification. Or maybe you’d like to earn a certificate or diploma.

Step 5: Plan your study schedule

Once you’ve decided which courses you want to enrol in, you need to determine when you want to start them. This is important because it helps you manage your time effectively. Consider whether you want to enrol at the beginning of the year, or wait until later in the year. Also think about whether you want to complete all your courses in one semester, or spread them out over two semesters.

Step 6: Evaluate your progress

Once you’ve enrolled in your courses, it’s important to evaluate your progress regularly. Look back at your PDP and see how much you’ve learnt. Have you completed all the assignments? Did you meet your deadlines? And did you finish early?

Step 7: Review and revise your plan.

After completing your studies, review your PDP. Is there anything you feel you didn’t do enough of? Can you identify any gaps in your skills and knowledge? Now you can make adjustments to your plan.

Step 8: Implement your plan

After reviewing your plan, implement it by enrolling in relevant courses. Remember to keep track of your achievements so you can reflect on your experiences.

Step 9: Celebrate!

When you’ve finished studying, celebrate your achievements. Take some time to relax and reward yourself for all the hard work you put into achieving your goals.

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