Successful researchers think carefully and strategically about their skills, objectives and the areas in which they need to develop. Your university is likely to encourage, or even require, you to engage in processes like a Training Needs Analysis and Personal Development Planning. These processes are designed to identify where your development needs are and to help you to address them. An overview of these core processes is described in this section:
Engagement with personal and professional development should also relate to your longer-term career aspirations. Pursuing development opportunities can be useful both as a way of thinking through what you want to do long term and as a way of developing and evidencing the skills that you will need to move on.
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