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Your Adult Social Care career pathway

Career pathways are specific to individuals. Although there might be common aims and achievements along the way, the route and pace of learning and development can vary immensely.

  • Where on your journey are you now?
  • Do you want to learn some new skills?
  • Practice existing ones? Move into a new post?
  • Work towards a professional qualification?

If you have started to think about how to develop your career, the next few pages might help you to find some inspiration and guidance.

Adult social care can support the learning and development of staff in different ways. There are many opportunities available for improving your knowledge, skills and confidence including but not limited to; induction training, 1:1 mentoring, coaching, e learning and classroom training.

Professionally registered staff and employees who undertake sponsored qualifications will be required to provide continued and ongoing evidence of their development using different 'types' of learning. It is useful to think about learning more widely than traditional classroom teaching and use a mixture learning methods.

The 70:20:10 approach is a great mind-set for this:

  • 70% - Informal, on the job, experience-based and practice
  • 20% - Coaching, mentoring and development through others
  • 10% - Formal learning interventions and structured workshops

Personal development plans

A personal development plan (PDP) is exactly that – a plan that acknowledges your individual areas for development and how you (perhaps with some support) are going to achieve these. Think SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) so you can see positive results.

This should always be a 'work in progress' never finished, and often referred to.

Your development plan will help you to:

  • increase your abilities in your role
  • respond to changes in your service
  • improve your skills
  • increase knowledge and change perceptions
  • stretch your talents
  • act differently

Record it; review it; evaluate it!

We have included an example template at the bottom of the page but you can create your own version if you want to. You could use it in supervision to track your progress.

Files available to download